Move over roast turkey, Honey Roasted Carrots have arrived and they are here to stay!
Carrots are oven roasted and caramelized, then served with a mixture of fresh carrot top greens, garlic, lemon and olive oil.
When roasted, carrots release natural sugars adding a sweet note making them irresistible. Honey roasted carrots is an easy dish that comes together quickly. Clean your carrots setting carrot tops aside to make the Carrot Top Gremolata, slice, mix and bake.
What to serve with honey roasted carrots
We harvest our carrots in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving here in Canada making them the perfect side dish to your Thanksgiving meal. My mom always made some variation of cooked carrots picked fresh from her garden for our holiday meals and it became tradition for us.
Serve them alongside turkey, beef, pork, lamb, even a vegetarian dinner. Equally important is Christmas and Easter dinners.
What about those Carrot Tops
Let’s start with the flavour. Carrot tops offer a simple flavour like parsley, some can be quite earthy offering a hint of carrot.
For years we agonized about tossing the carrot tops into the compost bin. Then we started experimenting and discovering several ways to use them to prevent food waste. Fresh carrot tops make a beautiful garnish, can be chopped up, frozen and added to stocks, stews, curries or a hearty chili. You will find many recipes out there for carrot top pesto, even green sauces like pistou or chimichurri. Take it one step further and mix the tops into hummus or roll mini cheese balls or labne balls in chopped tops!
Carrot tops added to a salad will brighten it up therefore you should try them in green salads, potato salads, quinoa and coleslaw!
Prep the carrots
If you have fresh harvested new carrots from your garden or from the market, there is no need to peel them. The skin will be soft, edible and a delicious part of the carrot requiring very little effort.
Remove both ends of the carrots and try to keep your cut pieces close to the same size to ensure they roast at the same rate. Cutting on a diagonal makes them pretty or if you have a crinkle cutter you could use it to make your cuts. Cut the smaller end pieces thicker so they will cook relatively the same as the thicker pieces.
With so many ways to enjoy carrots, how do you like to eat them?
More Great Carrot Recipes
- Roasted and Fresh Carrots with Lentils
- Carrot and Cumin Soup
- Carrot Au Gratin
- Carrot and Mint Salad
- Carrot Cupcakes
- 4 cups carrots, sliced on a diagonal
- 1 tbsp melted butter
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1/4 cup honey
- sea salt
- black pepper
- 1/2 cup Carrot Top Gremolata
- Preheat oven to 425 F.
- In a baking dish toss carrots with butter, oil, lemon juice, honey, salt, and pepper.
- Roast for 20 - 25 minutes stirring occasionally until the carrots are tender and starting to caramelize on the ends.
- Remove from oven, cover with aluminum foil until ready to serve.
- When ready to serve spoon onto a serving platter and drizzle on the Carrot Top Gremolata.