Roasted and drizzled with pure maple syrup, these classic maple roasted carrots are almost candy-like in their sweetness.
Maple Carrots Roasted
Roasting and cooking carrots brings out a candy-like sweetness that can’t be resisted. Especially if you hit that sweet spot of roasted just soft enough with a little bit of firmness yet to the bite.
Baby carrots are perfect for snacking but anytime I cook with carrots I do buy the full-sized one. A vegetable peeler makes quick work of the outside or skin of the carrot. Then I do a few quick slices to create bite-sized pieces.
Toss the carrots with olive oil and salt and pepper, spread on a baking sheet, and roast for 20-25 minutes. Once the carrots are roasted drizzle them with the maple syrup and broil for 2-3 minutes.
You’ll notice that I don’t actually roast the carrots with maple syrup. I prefer to drizzle them with just a tiny bit of syrup at the end of the roasting process, then broil them for a couple of minutes.
I’ve found that when roasting with maple syrup it requires a whole lot more syrup in order to achieve that maple flavor. When simply drizzled at the end of the cooking time, you only need a small amount to get the sweet rich flavor of maple carrots.
Roasted Maple Carrots
For maple roasted carrots you will need these ingredients:
- olive oil
- kosher salt
- freshly ground pepper
- maple syrup
- fresh parsley
Sweet Roasted Carrots
The candy-like sweetness of roasted carrots is such a nostalgic flavor for me. The sweet smell and rich flavor have me snacking as soon as they come out of the oven.
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Maple Roasted Carrots
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 pounds carrots cut into bite-size pieces, about ½-1 inch thick
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt adjust to taste
- ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper adjust to taste
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 tablespooon chopped fresh parsley
- Preheat your oven to 425°F. Place the carrots on the baking sheet and drizzle with oil. Season with salt and pepper and toss to coat.
- Roast the carrots for 25 minutes. The carrots should be barely tender, slightly crisp, and nicely caramelized when done. Remove from the oven and increase heat to broil.
- Stir the carrots on the pan and drizzle with maple syrup. Broil for 2-4 minutes, just until the carrots are sticky and browned on the edges. Sprinkle with parsley before serving.