Chipotle Roasted Carrots

Chipotle and Garlic Roast Carrots with brown sugar & honey

Being a Brit at heart, we love our roast potatoes and vegetables. The trend of roasting vegetables seems to be the new fad at the moment, but it is seriously addictive. We always roast our vegetables for our sides, as not only is it one of the easiest things to do but they taste different each time. It all depends on the seasons, the ripeness, quality and the size of the vegetables, but overall it brings out their natural sweetness and the taste is nothing short of amazing. It makes it a whole lot easier for everyone to eat their veggies without complaining and they look fantabulous on the table.

Roasted carrots are one of the best roasted veggies for me (apart from parsnips, cauliflower, beets, brussel sprouts, suede …. yes, I love them all when they are roasted), as their natural sweetness oozes out of the juicy carrots and creates this thin layer of caramelisation that literally cries out for salt and other seasonings. The brown sugar of course helps the caramelisation process a little, and creates the glue for all the flavours to stick onto the carrots when they roast.

Lots of chipotle, fresh garlic and herbs help in incorporating some rich flavour into the carrots and once they are roasted and sizzling hot, a drizzle of honey or maple syrup just seal in all that flavour as well as add this sweet stickiness that begs you not to stop at seconds. As always, the key to enjoying the spiciness is to keep it at a level where you can enjoy the food and its a personal level for everyone. Don’t be afraid of adding it to your food, but just because I used a heaped tablespoon of hot chili powder (hypothetically speaking) doesn’t mean you should. You need to be able to taste the food and enjoy the fresh juiciness of the vegetables.

I went a little wild with the spice blends I brought back home from Texas and New Mexico recently, but this particular batch has been made many times since its original creation. This is a spicy one, so do adjust to your taste.

Chipotle Roasted Carrots

Chipotle Roasted Carrots

Chipotle and Garlic Roast Carrots with brown sugar & honey

Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 25 mins
Total time: 30 mins
Serves: 4
Delicious sweet and spicy roasted carrots made with spicy chipotle, garlic and brown sugar – drizzled with honey or maple syrup.
Ingredients
  • 4-6 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced
  • 2 tsp Chipotle powder
  • 2 tsp red pepper flakes (adjust to taste)
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar (I used demarara sugar)
  • 10-12 thin Organic whole Carrots
  • 1 handful of fresh oregano leaves, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • For garnishing:
  • Maple syrup or honey – 3 tbsp
  • Fresh cilantro
Chipotle Roasted Carrots
Chipotle Roasted Carrots

 

Instructions

  1. Combine everything well on a lightly greased baking sheet.
  2. Bake in a preheated oven at 375F for 25 minutes. The water will all evaporate during the baking process and it saves the carrots from drying up. If you like them ‘over baked’ and more caramelised, just bake for an additional 5-10 minutes.
  3. Drizzle some maple syrup or honey on top of the carrots before serving, whilst still hot and a good sprinkling of fresh cilantro leaves.
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14 thoughts on “Chipotle and Garlic Roast Carrots with brown sugar & honey

  1. Great idea! Whenever I roast veggies (like carrots), it’s always with olive oil, salt & pepper. Yummy, but always the same! I need to venture out and try new flavour combos like this one. Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

    1. Thanks for visiting Carole and so happy to see you liked the roasted carrots. Would love to know how they turn out for you when you get to make them!

  2. Oh my goodness, those look delicious! I want them now but will have to wait until later when I have time to cook. Ideas like this are really helpful for me as I am a spice novice, falling back on garlic and herbs from the garden in random applications. Thank you!

    1. Thanks Jon, I’m so happy you liked them. I hope you get to try them soon and would love to know how they turn out for you! Thanks for visiting the blog and hope to see you around again.

  3. There’s nothing I love more than a beautiful plate of veggies and that’s exactly what this is! The blue plate with the delicious looking carrots makes for such eye candy. Bravo!

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