Thursday, April 29, 2021

Spring Fling: Herb Roasted Carrots

Bursting with Spring flavors, these herbed carrots make for a perfect side to complement any meal.  

Herb Roasted Carrots

Carrots are one of the best of Spring's produce.  Today we are roasting carrots, of all colors, in an herb and garlic coating.  Fresh rosemary and thyme along with minced garlic are mixed with olive oil to create a wonderful coating that flavors these carrots deliriously.  Using colored carrots make for a pretty dish but you can use all of one color if you like.

These are the perfect side dish for chicken, beef, fish, or pork.  They would be great alongside a holiday meal as well.  Easter or Mother's Day, even the winter holidays would benefit from such a tasty yet easy side dish.  Enjoy this while carrots are at their peak!

What Ingredients do I need?

  • carrots
  • shallots
  • olive oil
  • fresh thyme
  • fresh rosemary
  • garlic

Substitutions and Variations

  • use minced onion instead of shallots
  • use one color of carrot instead of multi-colored
  • use different herbs like tarragon, chives, or marjoram
  • try using this topping on different vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower or zucchini

Kitchen Tips and Notes

  • Line your baking sheet for easy clean up
  • cutting your carrots lengthwise is for looks, you may cut them anyway you choose
  • use fresh herbs that are in season, they make the dish taste fresher
  • roasting brings out a vegetable's sugar so they caramelize
  • every oven acts differently so watch your ingredients so that they don't burn.

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Herb Roasted Carrots

serves 4-6

1-2 lb. rainbow carrots, halved lengthwise
2 shallots, thinly sliced
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
1 1⁄2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon salt
3⁄4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.   Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil; set aside.

In a large bowl, combine carrots, shallot, olive oil, thyme, rosemary, garlic, salt, and pepper, tossing to combine well.   Arrange carrots on the baking sheet in an even layer. Bake for 15-20 minutes until crisp tender.  Remove from the oven and place on a serving dish.

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