I made these carrots last weekend and Adam went CRAZY over them.
It’s not often I can get him to go crazy over a vegetable side-dish, so I was pretty excited. Adam is a chicken n’ dumplings, mashed potato and gravy, chocolate chip cookie kind of guy. But there is just something special about these carrots! We both couldn’t stop eating them…and it was only 10am!
First of all, they’re super easy. I got inspired earlier that morning when we were at the farmer’s market and I saw a lovely “bouquet” of organic carrots just begging to be turned into something delicious.
When I was little, my mom used to make “honey carrots” for my brother and I. I’ve never actually asked her for the recipe (I don’t think there is a recipe even), but I’m pretty sure she just cooked carrots and then drizzled some honey mixed with melted butter over them. I don’t know about you, but I’ll eat pretty much anything when honey butter is involved!
I was thinking about those carrots when I developed this recipe.
I was thinking how delicious would it be to add a small pinch of ground ginger to the honey butter mixture….and a sprinkle of sea salt for that “sweet & salty” combination!
You just roast the carrots in the oven, simmer together the honey ginger glaze and then pour the glaze over the carrots as soon as they come out. The end result is a perfectly delicious vegetable side-dish that the whole family will love ready in 25 minutes flat.
You can choose to peel your carrots or not. I chose not too since these were organic carrots straight from a local farm and I scrubbed ’em in cold water prior to roasting. Who really has time to peel anyway?
Roasted Carrots with Honey Ginger Glaze
1 lb carrots, trimmed and washed
1 tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup honey
1 tbsp butter
1/2 tsp ground ginger
pinch of sea salt
Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line a sheet tray with aluminum foil.
Place carrots on the sheet tray and drizzle over with olive oil. Toss and roll around to coat. Place carrots in oven and roast for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
During the last five minutes that the carrots are in the oven, combine the honey, butter and ginger in a small saucepot. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for two minutes.
As soon as carrots come out of the oven, sprinkle with sea salt then pour over honey glaze. Serve immediately.