Dec 3, 2012

Simple Oven-Baked Carrots

Simple Oven-Baked Carrots

Christmas is just around the corner, so let me share my favourite carrot recipe with you. No matter how experienced a cook you are, for a stress-free Christmas—or any kind of holiday, really—you need recipes that are simple, reliable and that most people (especially kids) will like. This is one of them.

It’s about as basic as it gets: carrots, garlic and onion. If you combine those, add some butter, a little olive oil and some simple herbs and you slow-cook them in the oven and finish them with a little roasting, you bring out their wonderful natural flavour and sweetness.

You can never go wrong with these beauties as a side dish.

 

Ingredients:

1 bunch of carrots (around 10 oz)
1 large onion
2 garlic cloves
1 tbsp lemon juice
4 tbsp chicken or vegetable broth
1 tbsp olive oil
2 oz butter
1 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp dried parsley
salt & pepper

 

Directions:

Carrots are and will always rank amongst my favourite vegetables. They’re dirt-cheap, too!
Simple Oven-Baked Carrots

Wash, peel and cut them in half. Leave the smaller ones whole and transfer them to a casserole.
Simple Oven-Baked Carrots

Cut the onion in half-quarts and slice the garlic. Randomly place the onion and garlic in with the carrots.
Simple Oven-Baked Carrots

Toss them with the olive oil and season them with (kosher) salt and pepper. I always break out my fleur de sel for this.
Simple Oven-Baked Carrots

Add the thyme and parsley and cube the butter. The butter will add a lovely flavour and richness.
Simple Oven-Baked Carrots

Pour the chicken broth and lemon juice into the casserole.
Simple Oven-Baked Carrots

Place the butter cubes on top of the carrots. They will melt all over and do yummy things to the carrots.
Simple Oven-Baked Carrots

Tightly wrap the casserole with aluminium foil.
Simple Oven-Baked Carrots

 
Bake the carrots in a preheated oven at 200C° (400F°) for 40 to 45 minutes until they’re tender but still have a bite.
 

After roughly 40 minutes they are delicious. Sweet and juicy. But they need a bit of colour. A little roasting will do them good.
Simple Oven-Baked Carrots

 
Put the casserole back into the oven and bake the carrots, uncovered, for another 15 minutes.
 

There. That’s more like it. Rustic, gorgeous and absolutely delicious.
Simple Oven-Baked Carrots

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Simple Oven-Baked Carrots
Ingredients
    1 bunch of carrots (around 10 oz)
    1 large onion
    2 garlic cloves
    1 tbsp lemon juice
    4 tbsp chicken or vegetable broth
    1 tbsp olive oil
    2 oz butter
    1 tsp dried thyme
    1/2 tsp dried parsley
    salt & pepper

Directions
    Wash, peel and cut the carrots in half. Transfer them to a casserole and toss them with the olive oil.Slice the onion into half-quarts and thinly slice the garlic cloves. Add themto the casserole.

    Season the carrots with salt and pepper.Sprinkle the dried herbs all over them andpour the chicken broth and lemon juiceinto the casserole as well.

    Cube the butter and place them on topof the carrots.Tighly wrap the casserole with aluminumfoil. Bake the carrots in a preheated ovenat 200C° (400F°) for 40 to 45 minutesuntil they’re tender but still have a bite tothem.

    Remove the aluminum foil, check thecarrots for readiness and bake them,uncovered, for another 15 minutes

Meal type: Side Dish, Vegetables
Servings: 4
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