Honey Roasted Carrots: Your New Go-To Veg

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Carrots are a total rock star for holiday meals. First of all, they're a really festive color (sorry, spinach). Plus they're naturally sweet, which is just what we crave for a big celebration.

This simple recipe makes more of a good thing by pouring on honey and orange juice to crank that sweetness up a notch. Then we let the magic of roasting deepen the flavors. Who knew a humble carrot could be so crave-able?

Orange and Honey Roasted Carrots Recipe

Yield: serves 4-6

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound baby carrots or sliced carrots
  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 3 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest, for topping
  • ¼ – ½ teaspoon kosher or sea salt, for topping (to taste)

Step 1

Preheat oven to 375 F and line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil.

Step 2

In a large bowl, combine carrots, orange juice, honey, olive oil, salt and black pepper. Toss with a spatula until carrots are well coated, then transfer to the baking sheet.

Step 3

Spread carrots in a single layer. Roast for 35-45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes with a spatula. Roast until carrots begin to caramelize and are tender enough to be easily pierced with a fork.

Step 4

Sprinkle with fresh orange zest and sea salt; serve warm.

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