Candied Carrots

Candied Carrots

My theory is that most vegetables taste better when roasted. When I saw Tyler Florence making candied carrots I knew that I would be testing my theory with carrots next. The carrots are roasted in the oven and then covered in a butter, brown sugar, orange and cumin sauce. I was also interested in this dish because I wanted to see how the cumin worked in a sweet dish. The aroma of the orange and cumin was really amazing. The oven roasted carrots were pretty good by themselves but they were really good when covered in the orange and cumin sauce. The oven roasted vegetables theory lives on. What vegetable will I roast next?

Candied Carrots

Candied Carrots

  • 1 bunch young carrots (peeled but with tops)
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon butter (unsalted)
  • 1/2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • juice from 1/2 orange
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon cumin (toasted and ground)
  1. Toss the carrots in the oil to coat.
  2. Place the carrots in a baking dish and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Roast the carrots in a preheated 350F/180C oven until fork tender, about 30-45 minutes.
  4. Melt the butter in a small sauce pan and heat until it just turns brown.
  5. Add the brown sugar, orange juice, zest and cumin and simmer until it thickens, about 2 minutes.
  6. Place the carrots on a serving dish and pour the sauce over them.


Nora B. said...

That sounds and looks delicous. I can imagine the aroma in the kitchen while you roasted that.

p/s: I am a Tyler Florence groupie... ;-)

sher said...

Oh, I would love them! I agree with you about roasting vegetables, it's the best way to fix them. And the cumin in your recipe is a great idea. I love it!

Lunch Buckets said...

Those are some beautiful carrots!

Proud Italian Cook said...

The skys the limit Kevin!! Because all vegies taste great roasted!! Have fun!

javagirlkt's cookin' said...

Tyler Florence is awesome, and these carrots look awesome!

I bet the sauce would be delicious on roasted sweet potatoes as well.

Deborah said...

I made some carrots last week that had similar flavors, but mine weren't roasted. I think yours sounds better!

Peter M said...

Ahhh, orange, cumin and and butter...that's a great combo.

Pam said...

I was just wondering about roasting carrots the other day. I roast so many vegetables, but have never tried carrots. I'm going to have to try it too. The sauce sounds wonderful.

Antonia said...

Great combination of flavours. I agree about roasting vegetables - it brings out the flavour so well. I love roasting fruit too - roasted rhubarb is a current favourite. Glad to have discovered your blog!

Laurie Constantino said...

Wow, Kevin, that looks amazingly good (and you know I agree with you 100% about roasted vegetables). Definitely drool-worthy.

MrsPresley said...

yum! we never have enough veggies in our diet and this looks like a great way to incorporate more into our diet :)

Anonymous said...

I cooked these candied carrots for the charger game last weekend and they worked out sooooo well. I just got my order from Celebrity Foods so i am all se to cook thm again for the other charger game this weekend...GO CHARGERS!!!!!

katiez said...

I'm always reluctant to cook with orange - too sweet! But you got me intrigued with the cumin... and the carrots can stand up to sweet...

Pal Ashford said...

I don't see any mention of the brown sugar in the directions. When are you supposed to add it?

Kevin Lynch said...

Pal Ashford: You add it to the butter in step 5 along with everything else. Thanks for catching that! I have updated the recipe!

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