A simple heirloom carrots recipe roasted on a bed of citrus and herbs, finished with a dab of orange butter, sea salt, parsley and thyme!
Heirloom Roasted Carrots
Quickly tossed in olive oil and seasoned with simply a good pinch of sea salt, these rainbow roasted carrots are best served straight out of the oven, hot and crispy and caramelized at the edges with a sprinkling of fresh herbs. You could even combine them with parsnips or parsley root if you like + bonus: no peeling required.
The tiny dabs of orange butter melt from the heat of the carrots into the silkiest smoothest touch of sauce, a lovely final addition even with vegan butter.
If you like your carrots extra caramelized, just throw them under the broiler flames for a minute or so after they are done roasting in the oven, just enough to get a nice long kiss of fire all over. Easy to make for a crowd, and if you have any leftover they are perfect for a blended carrot soup.
Truly the best way to cook rainbow carrots is to roast them in the oven on a bed of orange slices and fresh thyme. Those will infuse the carrots with a subtle orange flavor as they roast, and the steam will also keep them from drying out.
This heirloom roasted carrots recipe has earned a place of honor in our Thanksgiving and Christmas recipe folder and put on rotation during the cooler months alongside our dairy free scalloped potatoes. They aren’t only delicious but also good for you!
what to serve with
- Dairy Free Green Bean Casserole
- Brown Butter Sage Sauce
- This Harissa Sauce or Chimichurri
- Truffle Chicken
- Chive pesto or balsamic reduction
- Replace the orange zest in the butter with grated fresh ginger or garlic
- Drizzle with wild honey in the last 10 minutes of roasting
- Crispy Brussel Sprout Chips
- The Best Vegetarian Stuffing.
Heirloom Roasted Carrots Recipe
- Mix the butter and orange zest until well incorporated. Refrigerate while the carrots are roasting.
- Arrange the orange slices on the bottom of an oiled shallow baking dish and cover with a few thyme sprigs.
- Toss the carrots ( scrubbed well and dry ) with the olive oil and a pinch of sea salt and place them on top of the oranges and thyme.
- Roast at 425″ for about 40 minutes, until al dente turning once half way through cooking. If you prefer them softer cook an additional 10 minutes.
- Remove the carrots from the oven and top with thin small dabs of the cold orange butter. Sprinkle with some fresh herbs and enjoy as a side dish next to steaks, roasts or chicken.
- If you prefer a deeper caramelization of the carrots, just throw them under the broiler fire for a minute or two.
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