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Roasted Savory Carrots

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Roasted Savory Carrots

Marc J. Sievers

Carrots get a rustic and chic makeover!

With Easter right around the corner, I’m sure many of you are in the midst of planning the menu!  While I still prepare many of my families traditional recipes, I am always looking to reinvent a classic, like carrots.  My recipe for Roasted Savory Carrots combines flavor like honey, basil, lemon and dark chocolate, what a combination!  Roasting the carrots also helps bring out the natural sweetness and earthy flavor.

Not only are these perfect for Easter or when hosting company, but they are a fabulous addition to any casual weeknight meal.  The steps are simple and the ingredients are found at your local grocery store, making this the perfect elevated home-cooked recipe!


Roasted Savory Carrots

Ingredients (serves 8)

  • Carrots – 2 pounds, peeled, cut in half lengthwise and then in 2-inch pieces
  • Butter – 3 tablespoons, unsalted, at room temperature
  • Honey – 4 tablespoons
  • Olive Oil -  3 tablespoons
  • Sea Salt – 1 teaspoon
  • Black Pepper – 1 teaspoon, freshly cracked
  • Basil – 3/4 cup, freshly chopped, divided
  • Lemon – 1 medium, zested
  • Dark Chocolate - 4 tablespoons, freshly shaved

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. On a sheet pan, toss the carrots, olive oil, salt and pepper until evenly coated.
  3. Place into the oven for 30 minutes, tossing once during the cooking process.
  4. In a large bowl combine the lemon zest, honey, butter and 1/2 cup of basil.  Add the carrots and toss until evenly coated.
  5. Transfer to a serving platter.  Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup of basil.  Garnish with chocolate shavings.

Serve warm and enjoy!

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