Thursday, May 10, 2012

Roasted Carrots with Thyme and Honey

Roasted Carrots with Thyme and Honey
Adapted from Pastor Ryan and Pioneer Woman

Ree Drummond from http://thepioneerwoman.com first posted this recipe on her food blog November 2009. She pinky swears that you will always crave for carrots cooked this way from now on and she is right! Up until now. roasting carrots is my favorite way to eat carrots. Prepping and roasting carrots in one baking pan couldn't be easier and cleanup is not much at all. The oven is doing most of the work so it's easy to multi-task in the kitchen. One thing I do differently is that I drizzle some honey at the end of roasting just to give it a touch of sweetness which gives good balance of sweet and savory to the carrots. Here is the recipe:

12 whole medium-thickness carrots, peeled (about 4 pounds at purchase)
2 tablespoons fresh chopped thyme (0.2 ounce)
OR 1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 cup olive oil (1.7 ounces)
2-1/4 teaspoons kosher (coarse) salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
3 tablespoons honey

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Position the oven rack to the center of the oven.

Cut each carrot in half, lengthwise, and transfer to a shallow baking sheet. Drizzle carrots with olive oil and toss to coat evenly.

Sprinkle the thyme, salt and pepper over carrots and give another toss to coat evenly. Arrange the carrots in one layer on the baking sheet.

Roast for 35 to 40 minutes. The carrots should be tender and wrinkly.

Drizzle some honey over carrots for a touch of sweetness. Transfer carrots to a serving platter.


Note: There are times when I buy carrots in a 10-pound bag at Costco. When you buy carrots in bulk, you will find that the carrot are not uniform in size. I had carrots that were thicker on the root end and pencil thin half way towards the tip. To make the carrots more uniform in size during roasting is to cut the carrots in half, horizontally. I leave the pencil thin end whole and cut the thicker root end in half, vertically. Some carrots are so thin that I don't bother to cut them in half, vertically at all. I decrease the roasting time to 25 to 30 minutes, depending on the thickness, and the carrots turns out perfect.

Yields 6 to 8 servings

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