Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Roasted Carrots with Maple Syrup

This is one of those recipes that tastes way better than it should.  You look at the list of ingredients -- carrots, olive oil, garlic, salt & pepper, maple syrup --  and think, yeah, so?  But something about this combination is irresistible.  I think it's the sweet of the maple syrup matched against the saltiness of the salt.  Kind of like chocolate-covered pretzels, if you can let your brain go there.  
Plus it's super easy to put together.  You start with a bag of pre-peeled baby carrots, toss with olive oil and garlic and salt and pepper, and boom!  Into the oven it goes.  Perfect for a busy school night, or an afternoon snack, or company dinner.  Just about any time, I say.
In fact, I would like to announce this humble carrot dish as my favorite 2015 recipe discovery.  Tied with sunshine apricot preserves.
Good stuff.
Eat your carrots.


2 lb. bag peeled baby carrots
3 cloves garlic, peeled and mashed, plus 8 cloves, not peeled
3 T. olive oil
salt and pepper (I like to use sea salt)
1/4 c. maple syrup

Heat oven to 450 degrees.  Put parchment paper on a rimmed baking sheet.  Dump carrots onto pan.  Then add the garlic, olive oil, salt, and pepper and mix it all together.  (If you have little ones, you can let them mix everything up with their [very clean] hands.)  Roast for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes or so.  Carrots are done when they're fork-tender and a bit browned.  Remove from oven, put in a serving bowl, and pour the maple syrup over.  Taste and see if you want to add more salt or pepper.  Serves six. One hundred fifty calories each serving, according to the Sept./Oct. 2006 Hallmark magazine, where I got this recipe.

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Blogger Farm Girl said...

I think it sounds wonderful. I love carrots cooked anyway. My son brought over to our house pickled carrots with Jalapenos. I wanted to eat the whole thing. Maybe I need vitamin A. I think I will have to try this dish. Thank you so much Lynn.

February 11, 2016 at 6:57 AM  
Blogger ~~louise~~ said...

Roasted carrots are a favorite around here Lynn. You know, I've never made them with maple syrup though. I can't wait to try it!

Thank you so much for sharing, Lynn...

February 18, 2016 at 6:18 AM  
Anonymous Kari said...

I wonder how these would taste with guava syrup.

September 7, 2016 at 3:35 PM  
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We have lots of carrots in the backyard. Will start harvesting them to make this.

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Anonymous I found the best Ipe Decking website said...

Really wonderful! I forgot to do the butter and syrup together on the stovetop (making the rest of the meal :) so I just drizzled syrup and thin butter shavings directly onto the carrots, stirring/ shaking to coat. A great recipe -- very easy, very tasty.

July 24, 2018 at 5:37 AM  

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