What are your thoughts on carrots for dessert? I’ve always liked the idea of serving up veggies as a dessert dish if the right combination of flavors and textures is achieved. I think there are quite a few veggies that make for decent sweet snacks and even desserts.
Honey roasted carrots are an excellent option for finishing off your meal in a sweet way or just having as a healthy snack between meals. Let me share with you how to make this dish that manages to combine plenty of nutrition with a sweet, delicate flavor.
When you roast the carrots, you’re not losing much if any nutrients. So, you don’t have to feel guilty about destroying the value of the veggies just to make them delicious.
They are still a great source of fiber and vitamins and really healthy for you. Of course, the added honey can put a little extra sugar in your diet, and you may want to watch for that.
You’ll only need a handful of ingredients for this recipe, so each of them is very important. In other words, you want to use fresh, quality ingredients as much as possible to make sure that this dish really shines. If any of them are less than decent, your whole dish can be easily ruined.
Which Ingredients Do You Need?
The only ingredients really required for roast vegetables with honey are your veggies, honey, salt, pepper, and olive oil. You can add more veggies to this than carrots, if you want, and you may want to try it with green beans, potatoes, onions, sweet potatoes, and beets.
Try any combination of these, and I think you’ll find that the sweet potatoes are probably one of the best additions to honey roasted carrots. Making honey roasted sweet potatoes is a Southern thing, and it’s a delicacy you’ll find from time to time throughout the American South.
The sweet potatoes tend to be cooked softer than the carrots, so they help give the dish a little different texture. The two orange colors of these veggies work well in tandem, making a unified looking dish that can actually surprise you from bite to bite, if you cut the two foods similarly.
It’s really important that you choose quality carrots, and I prefer small carrots, or baby carrots. But if not, you can always use larger ones and just slice them down small.
Making the dishes as simple as throwing everything onto a baking sheet after it’s been tossed together and cooking it up in the oven. You can garnish with a little parsley or something when it comes out, but that’s really all there is to it.
How Do You Cook Honey Roasted Carrots
- 1 pound of carrots, trimmed and peeled
- 2 tablespoons of honey
- Salt, to taste
- Pepper, to taste
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- Cooking spray
- Parsley, for garnish
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with foil and then spray it with cooking spray to grease.
- Lay the carrots in one layer across the baking pan, ensuring there is no overlap.
- Mix together honey, olive oil, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Coat your carrots with the mixture. Try to cover the carrots completely.
- Bake for 30 minutes or as long as it takes for the carrots to become tender. They should start to brown as well, and keep in mind that your roasting time is going to differ based on how big your carrots are and how many you’re cooking at once.
- When the carrots are done cooking, you can sprinkle some parsley on them for garnish.
As you can see, these carrots aren’t too difficult to make, and it’s the kind of dish you could even have your kids make, if you feel safe with them using the oven.
How to Ensure They Turn Out Great
There are a few tips I’d like to share with you that can help you make sure honey roasted carrots have the right taste and texture. One thing I always tell people to keep in mind with this recipe is to pay attention to how long the carrots are cooking for.
They only need to cook long enough to get tender. If you’re using small, cut carrots, they cook a lot faster than whole carrots do. Your cooking time may need to vary depending on the size of carrot that’s being used.
Whole carrots are the best ones to use for this recipe, because they tend to have a lot more flavor than ones that have been cut. You might have noticed that too, and it’s worth considering if you want this recipe to turn out well.
If you want to prep the dish ahead of time and make it faster when it’s time to toss it in the oven, you can cut your carrots and peel them hours ahead of time, covering them with your honey mixture as well. They can store in the fridge and then toss in the oven when you’re ready to heat them up.
They just can be stored in the fridge for as long as four days. If you want to freeze it, that works too. Just make sure that you thaw the carrots out before you serve them.
The final tip I want to share with you is that a little seasoning garnish not only makes the dish look nice with a little added color, but it can add some real flavor to it as well. I prefer garnishing with parsley, but you may also want to try dill, thyme, or even chives.
Honey roasted carrots work well as part of a larger meal and not just as a snack or dessert on their own. They are sweet and flavorful, so they pair well with dishes that are somewhat bland, like pasta, bread, potatoes, and rice.
I consider balancing out your meal with a starch like one of those I just mentioned and a meat to make for a complete, complex spread.