When perfectly roasted and infused with honey and olive oil, carrots transform into a tender, sweet bowl of sunshine that can stand shoulder-to-shoulder with any luxurious side dish.
Here's a simple yet game-changing honey-roasted carrot recipe that offers a splash of sweetness and a sprinkle of taste from only two ingredients. It opens up a sensory world where every crunch is packed with nutrition, including fiber and protein, low in sodium, and full of those complex carbohydrates we crave.
Your kitchen is the performance arena where this recipe dance will take place. You'll need a regular oven to deliver the golden-roasted glow to your carrots. A baking sheet or pan will host your precious vegetables while they transform under the heat. And, of course, a good-sized tossing bowl for blending your ingredients and a tablespoon and teaspoon for precise measurements will complete your toolset.
For the marvel of honey-roasted carrots, compile this cast of ingredients:
- Fresh, peeled carrots
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Kosher salt for that sparkle of the sea
- Pure honey, that golden drizzle that transforms
With careful measure, each ingredient holds a role in the performance, leading to a perfect, two-tone hued carrot that's tender inside while leaving the outsides with a sweetly flavored hint of caramelly crunch.
Preparation, or 'prep time,' is where the magic truly begins. First, preheat your oven to allow even cooking time. Then, lay your peeled carrots in their positions on the baking sheet, ensuring they form a single layer—an essential step to roast carrots evenly.
In your bowl, combine the olive oil, honey, some kosher salt, and that sprinkle of black pepper—toss until every carrot is lightly coated. Remember, olive oil is a cooking medium and a flavor carrier. Do not forget it nudges the carrots to roast evenly, adding an appealing gloss.
The time has arrived for the oven to take over. Arrange your prepped carrots on your baking sheet, minimizing overlap. Stick to this principle, and you'll behold an all-around golden-crisp layer, like a bronze-walled city safeguarding the tender insides. Set your countdown for 20-25 minutes, depending on the size of your carrots.
For a twist, let's add a new layer of complexity—sliced honey-roasted carrots. While keeping the same base ingredients, slice your carrots into thin slivers, enhancing the surface area for caramelization. The increased exposure opens more areas to the sweet crispness, creating a stark contrast of tender insides to crisp outsides.
It doesn't only look gorgeous on your plate but introduces a whole new dimension to the taste and texture, an entirely new personality to the humble carrot.
Roasted vegetables never looked so good or tasted so divine! A moment of silence for the humble oven that brings this symphony to our diet and culinary experience.
Thanks to their honey-infused sweetness, roasting carrots make for an irresistible side dish.
- ½ lbs of fresh carrots, peeled
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 teaspoons of kosher salt
- 3 tablespoons of pure honey
- Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C).
- While the oven is heating, lay your peeled baby carrots in a single layer on your baking sheet.
- Combine the olive oil, honey, and kosher salt, in a large bowl.
- Toss this mixture with your carrots until they are fully coated.
- Arrange your coated carrots on the baking sheet to minimize overlapping.
- Roast in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until tender and golden.
- Serve these honey-roasted carrots with roast chicken, pork, or other roasted vegetables as a side dish.
- If desired, you can garnish your dish with fresh herbs like parsley and thyme and spices like cumin, and coriander, or a dusting of cinnamon.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 157Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 663mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 2gSugar: 15gProtein: 0g