An easy, rustic, and budget friendly side dish that looks like a million bucks! Roasted Jumbo Carrots are browned and charred on the outside, but soft and tender on the inside.
Since McKenna has become addicted to K-Pop music, and has started to embrace different Asian cultures, shopping at Asian-influenced grocery stores has become a weekend family affair. To be completely honest, I love it! It’s a whole new world of foods that I have never tried before, and looking at the different food items triggers my creativity. For the past few weeks, I have been toying with recipes both in my head and in my kitchen, and will post them when they are perfected.
In the meantime, I need to talk about these carrots. A few months ago, I was researching recipes that featured carrots as the main ingredient. I had purchased bags of fresh veggies from a coworker’s daughter, who was selling them through a fund-raiser at her school. While waiting for the veggies to be delivered, I forgot what I had ordered. I was sure that fifteen pounds of carrots were on their way, so I had been thinking about carrot recipes for the few weeks leading up to the anticipated vegetable delivery.
But, when those veggies arrived, there were no carrots. I had ordered sweet potatoes instead. All of my carrot recipe enthusiasm needed to be pushed aside so that I could determine which recipes I would create using sweet potatoes instead. Fifteen pounds of sweet potato is a lot! I ended up making a delicious Roasted Sweet Potato Soup out of most of the sweet potatoes. But, if memory serves me correctly, I gave a bunch of the sweet potatoes to our neighbours.
Fast forward four or five months later, McKenna, John.e and myself are perusing through the produce section at a new Asian grocery store. I say new, because previously, we would visit the same one over and over. But, at the suggestion of Lesli and Aaron – two of my coworkers – we decided to visit a second option. This one was so much better than we had ever anticipated. And, that, Dear Reader, is where my carrot recipe obsession was once again reignited.
I found these carrots in the produce section. I’m used to buying carrots in bags. We tend to buy smaller, organic carrots, because we like to eat them raw with hummus. (We very rarely buy bagged baby carrots, because we don’t like the chemically taste.) And, we feel that smaller carrots have a better taste when eating them raw.
But, when cooking with carrots, especially if they’re in a soup or if I’m roasting them, like with this Roasted Jumbo Carrot recipe, bigger carrots are just fine. In this particular case, these carrots were huge! They were so bright orange, and very firm, and super clean too. I picked up about six of them with the intention of roasting them in big circular fashion like you see in the photographs. I knew that if I preheated the oven at a high temperture, the carrots would brown very well, which is the look I was trying to achieve.
I don’t want you to think that these carrots are burnt. They are most definately not. They are browned and have lovely – very tasty – charred bits on the outside. The inside though, is soft, yet still firm. They are not soft to the point of being mushy. The high heat will quickly cook the outside of the carrots, which will lock in the flavour and steam the inside. Seriously, Dear Reader, you have to give this approach a try!
And, even though I happen to love the flavour of carrots raw or otherwise, the addition of the ground black pepper, salt, dried thyme and grated nutmeg, take these simple Roasted Jumbo Carrots to a whole new level. Perfect paired with a main on any old night of the week, or piled high on a bright blue platter like you see here, Jumbo Roasted Carrots can add style and flavour to even your most beautiful Thanksgiving meal!
To assist with this recipe, consider using the following tools:
- Metal Slotted Spatula – these are great! You can easily lift the carrots off of the baking sheet without tearing them or leaving behind all of that browned, charred flavour! I love my Pioneer Woman slotted spatula; the price is great and I use it regularly in my cooking.
- Baking Sheet – most home cooks have a selection of baking sheets and half baking sheets. I use this one so much I have two just in case!
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Roasted Jumbo Carrots
- 6 large carrots, skin on, cleaned very well with a vegetable brush, cut into 1 inch rounds
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, finely chopped, for garnish
Preheat oven to 420 degrees.
Add all ingredients to a large mixing bowl and toss well to coat. Be sure that every single piece of carrot is completely coated.
Empty the contents of the bowl onto a half sheet pan/baking sheet. Take the time to stand each piece of carrot on its cut end. Keep them separated, and do not let them touch the sides of the baking sheet.
Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven. Flip each piece of carrot over so that the other cut side is facing down. Bake for 20 more minutes.
Remove from oven. Garnish and serve.
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