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Maple Thyme Roasted Carrots

Maple Thyme Roasted Carrots ~ Delicious carrots roasted in real maple syrup and tossed with thyme, salt, and pepper make for the perfect side dish for any meal.Maple Thyme Roasted Carrots ~ Delicious carrots roasted in real maple syrup and tossed with thyme, salt, and pepper make for the perfect side dish for any meal ~ The Complete Savorist
Photography and post has been updated (1/3/18) from it’s original publication of (4/24/14).
This tried and true Maple Thyme Roasted Carrots recipe is so simple, you’ll be making it so frequently because your family won’t stop asking about it.

For the longest time I used baby carrots because they were easy to use (i.e. I am lazy). But I found myself with an abundance of regular, ordinarily sized carrots and in need of a side dish. Why not remake and update my photos of one of my most favorite carrot recipes.

Whole Carrot Recipe

Easily made with either whole carrots sliced into sticks (just modify your cooking time by at least 5 minutes or they will get overdone or with the easy and ready to go baby carrot as the original recipe called for.
Growing up, carrots were either raw in salads or to be dunked in ranch dressing from relish trays.  If they were cooked, they were cooked with a pot roast.  That is about it.
Then while on my LDS mission to Texas, at a dinner appointment one night, I was served carrots in a cream sauce.  My world changed.  Carrots changed.  I have never been the same.
Maple Thyme Roasted Carrots ~ Delicious carrots roasted in real maple syrup and tossed with thyme, salt, and pepper make for the perfect side dish for any meal ~ The Complete SavoristI have yet to make that carrots in a cream sauce, but from that dinner on, I began cooking with carrots, frequently, especially these Maple Thyme Roasted Carrots.  They are either tossed in as part of my mirepoix (onion, celery, carrot mixture) for a dish or as a starring side dish.
Someday, I will make carrots in a cream sauce, but today, it’s maple thyme roasted carrots. Sweet and savory is something I have always loved together.  Sweet things are good.  Savory things are good.  But sweet and savory, delectable. I usually buy baby-cut carrots at the market, mostly because I am lazy.

Baby Carrot Recipe

They are already small and peeled, basically, they are good to go.  I have nothing against full-sized carrots, and sometimes, I will purchase those, but usually, I go with the baby-cut.  Like I said, I am lazy. However, make sure they are all similar in size.
This recipe is super quick to prep, toss in the oven, and wait for the timer to ding with doneness. It would pair nicely with pork chops or chicken.Maple Thyme Roasted Carrots ~ Delicious carrots roasted in real maple syrup and tossed with thyme, salt, and pepper make for the perfect side dish for any meal ~ The Complete Savorist
Maple Thyme Roasted Carrots ~ Delicious carrots roasted in real maple syrup and tossed with thyme, salt, and pepper make for the perfect side dish for any meal ~ The Complete Savorist

Maple-Thyme Roasted Carrots

Servings: 4
Author: Michelle De La Cerda

Maple Thyme Roasted Carrots ~ Delicious carrots roasted in real maple syrup and tossed with thyme, salt, and pepper make for the perfect side dish for any meal.

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Ingredients

  • 2 pounds carrots Whole: Cut to sticks; Baby: fat and uniform
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/4 tsp table salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 11/2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup

Instructions

  1. If using whole carrots, peel and cut them into sticks.

  2. In a zip-closing bag, add the carrots.
  3. In a mortar and pestle, grind the dried thyme, table salt, and black pepper.
  4. Add it to the carrots in the bag.  Pour in the olive oil and the maple syrup.
  5. Seal and shake the bag, making sure each carrot is coated in both liquids and seasonings.
  6. Arrange the carrots on a baking sheet in a single layer.
  7. Sprinkle black pepper and kosher salt over the carrots.
  8. Bake for about 20-30 minutes in a 400º preheated oven; depending on the thickness of the carrot. 

  9. The carrots will still be crisp. Serve immediately.

Maple Thyme Roasted Carrots ~ Delicious carrots roasted in real maple syrup and tossed with thyme, salt, and pepper make for the perfect side dish for any meal ~ The Complete SavoristMaple Thyme Roasted Carrots ~ Delicious carrots roasted in real maple syrup and tossed with thyme, salt, and pepper make for the perfect side dish for any meal ~ The Complete SavoristMaple Thyme Roasted Carrots ~ Delicious carrots roasted in real maple syrup and tossed with thyme, salt, and pepper make for the perfect side dish for any meal.

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9 Comments

  • Reply
    Paula
    January 3, 2018 at 1:16 pm

    Beautiful photos!! And, I just bought carrots today, this will be a great addition my recipes for them

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    Jen
    January 3, 2018 at 3:21 pm

    This is definitely a great way to get my kids to eat more veggies! Thank you!

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    Jacque Hastert
    January 3, 2018 at 5:06 pm

    These sound soooooo goood!

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    TidyMom
    January 4, 2018 at 8:12 am

    What a great side to almost any meal!

  • Reply
    Krista
    January 4, 2018 at 8:16 am

    Carrots make a great side dish! They look so delicious!

  • Reply
    Catalina
    January 4, 2018 at 3:12 pm

    This seems to be the perfect side dish for my kid!

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