Wow your friends with this delicious honey roasted carrots recipe that looks fancy but has little work. Serve it as a quick side dish at dinner, or even take it to Thanksgiving!
I love this honey roasted carrots recipe because it is so versatile during the autumn and winter months. It is easy enough to serve with a hearty roast or chicken, but also fancy enough to bring to Thanksgiving. Additionally, because of the aphrodisiacs, it carries through all the way to Valentine’s day!
Do You Peel Carrots Before Roasting?
Carrot peels are naturally a bit bitter (and often dirty). Even after a thorough scrubbing, grit can still be stuck in the crevices. I recommend peeling the carrots before roasting because it removes the bitterness and also gives the carrots a beautiful aesthetic.
What Kind Of Carrots Should I Use?
Please don’t let the fanciness of these rainbow carrots keep you from making this recipe. This honey roasted carrots recipe works with any kind of carrot, even baby carrots!
The important thing when choosing your carrots is that you get ones that have a similar thickness. If you have a variety of girths, some will roast faster than others. This means that many may be barely al dente while others are squishy
This simple honey roasted carrots recipe travels beyond the Thanksgiving and Christmas table and into Valentines Day. It is made with three potent aphrodisiacs that work together to help make the night a success.
- Pomegranate. Pomegranate lower cortisol levels, which corresponds with increased testosterone levels. As a result, this leads to better moods and increased sexual desire in both men and women. Interesting fact: some people believe that the forbidden fruit from Genesis was actually a pomegranate, not an apple.
- Honey. Honey naturally has nitric acid in it, which helps with helps with blood flow during arousal. This one is great for both men and women.
- Cinnamon. As an aphrodisiac, cinnamon has the power increase body heat, which can help with blood flow and increased sexual desire.
Recipe Tips For Making Honey Roasted Carrots
- Don’t let the honey butter mixture sit for too long before tossing on the carrots. As it cools it gets harder to coat the carrots, especially because the honey will cool down the mixture faster.
- Work smarter, not harder. Before measuring your honey, coat your measuring spoon in the butter. This will help the honey slide off of your spoon (and make dishes easier!).
How To Make Honey Roasted Carrots
To make this side dish fancy but keep the effort low, let the steam from the carrots warm up the pomegranate and burrata cheese. All you have to do is sprinkle them on and serve.
Also, the cinnamon in this recipe optional. It elevates the flavor a lot, but it also adds an earthy depth that may not be what you’re looking for. Keep the flavor lighter by not using it.
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Happy Cooking! 🙂
Honey Roasted Carrots with Burrata and Pomegranate
- 2 pounds rainbow carrots, peeled
- 2 Tablespoons butter
- 2 Tablespoons honey, orange blossom if you have it
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- salt and pepper, to taste
- Burrata cheese, pinched into small pieces
- 1 pomegranate, arils removed
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- Melt the butter and stir in the honey and optional cinnamon. Toss to coat the carrots immediately in the honey butter mixture and place in a single layer on a baking sheet. Season with salt and pepper and cook the carrots for 15 minutes. Flip and cook for another 15 – 20 minutes or until the carrots are cooked throughout.
- Transfer the carrots to a serving platter and sprinkle pinched off pieces of the burrata cheese on top. Top with the pomegranate arils and serve.