Indulge in the cozy embrace of oven-warmth with these Honey Roasted Carrots, a dish that transforms the humble root into a culinary masterpiece. Carrots, with their earthy sweetness, are often underrated, but when bathed in a golden glaze of honey and kissed with the aromatic essence of thyme, they ascend to new heights of flavor. This recipe is more than just a side; it’s a celebration of simplicity and taste, a harmonious blend of natural sugars and subtle herbs that will have you rethinking everything you thought you knew about this vibrant vegetable. Whether you’re looking to add a touch of color to your dinner table or offer a side that’s as nutritious as it is delicious, these honey roasted carrots are a surefire way to bring a touch of culinary elegance to any meal.
- 2 pounds of carrots, peeled and sliced diagonally
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves (or 1 teaspoon dried thyme)
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
- Optional: 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder or a sprinkle of cinnamon for a flavor twist
- Preheat your oven: Set the temperature to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) and let it heat while you prepare the carrots.
- Prepare the carrots: Wash, peel, and cut the carrots diagonally into 2-inch pieces. If the carrots are very thick, cut them in half lengthwise to ensure even cooking.
- Season: Place the carrots on a large baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and honey, then sprinkle with thyme leaves. Add salt, pepper, and any optional spices you’re using. Toss all the ingredients together until the carrots are evenly coated.
- Roast: Spread the carrots out in a single layer. Roast in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until the carrots are tender and caramelized, stirring halfway through the cooking time.
- Finish and serve: Once the carrots are roasted, taste and adjust seasoning if necessary. You can drizzle a little extra honey on top for added sweetness if desired. Serve warm as a delicious side that pairs well with a variety of main dishes.
Enjoy the natural sweetness and the rich, glazed texture that makes these honey roasted carrots a delightful treat that could convert even the most stubborn vegetable skeptics at your table!