Simple Sides: Balsamic Roasted Carrots

carrots roasted tastefood

baby carrots, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, thyme sprigs, kale flowers, sea salt 

I bought a sack of tiny carrots today at the farmers market just because of how they looked. They were not your average stick straight roots, but funny finger sized squiggles with knuckles, knobs and twists – think samba dancing semicolons.  New and sweet, these little babies were the first of Spring, demanding the simplest of preparation. I decided to match their sweetness with a sprinkle of sugar, salt and splash of balsamic vinegar. A quick roast in the oven, softened them to crisp tenderness, shellacking the vinegar in a shiny caramelized coat. What you see is a mere half of my bounty, since I couldn’t stop nibbling the rest while taking the picture.

Balsamic Roasted Carrots
Try to select organic carrots, which will save you the fussy step of peeling.

Serves 4 to 6.

2 pounds organic skinny carrots, washed
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
Salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Small bunch of fresh thyme sprigs
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar
Sea salt flakes

Heat oven to 400° F.  Trim the ends of the carrots. Place in a large bowl. Add oil, salt and pepper. Toss to coat. Pour onto a rimmed baking sheet. Scatter the thyme sprigs over the carrots. Roast on the middle rack of oven until carrots are crisp tender, 8 to 12 minutes, depending on thickness of carrots.

Remove carrots from oven. Turn on the broiler. Drizzle the carrots with balsamic vinegar and sprinkle with sugar, and jiggle the carrots around to coat. Return to top rack in  oven. Broil until slightly caramelized and golden, 1 to 2 minutes, shaking pan once or twice. Serve warm sprinkled with sea salt flakes.

14 responses to “Simple Sides: Balsamic Roasted Carrots

  1. I simply have to try this, those tiny carrots are so sweet.. in more ways than one!! c

  2. Love this, Lynda! So simple, so delicious. My favorite way to have carrots, by far, is roasting them. Now I need to add the balsamic!

  3. Beautiful and extremely appetizing! Those roasted carrots must be so scrumptious.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  4. eastofedencook

    Just adore the vibrant orange that screams spring! A perfect recipe that allows the flavor of the carrots shine!

  5. Samba dancing semicolons… well, the Brazilian in me is completely hooked!

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen those in markets here, but will keep an eye for them – perfect recipe, simple and scrumptious!

  6. Isn’t it amazing how a few simple ingredients and taste so good…you carrots look terrific.

  7. I definitely need to try this!

  8. beautiful. i love roasted carrots.

  9. Lovely. Love the kale flowers too.

  10. so simple, yet I bet it tasted so rich in flavour! I would’ve been nibbling on the rest of the carrots too, love a good raw carrot

  11. Lynda, I could seriously eat that entire pan of carrots! Simply wonderful. And I haven’t seen kale flowers before and will look for them at the market this weekend.

  12. I love this recipe! Skinny carrots.. I’d be nibbling on those sweeties myself! What a lucky find! xx

  13. I have a bunch of baby carrots from my CSA and will certainly try your recipe. Balsamic vinegar does wonder to roasted vegetables.