How to Roast Carrots for an Easy Appetizer

Our friends were coming for dinner. Quick – what could I put together for a healthy appetizer?

I saw this in Rachael Ray’s recent magazine, and the inspiration led me to my fridge to grab a handful of carrots and to THINK QUICKLY.

Do you ever do that? Look through the fridge and see what you have, then put your thinking cap on? I get tired of the usual hummus, dips, goat cheese (although I love all of that), and have been trying to serve more veggies and fruit as appetizers.

This time I went out to our herb trough garden and cut fresh thyme, grabbed a couple of fresh limes, and followed this process to a tasty, impressive appetizer that your guests will love!

The roasting really brings a lovely, sweet flavor to the carrots. As I tossed them with fresh thyme, olive oil, and sea salt, and tossed them together on a stone and placed them in the oven, I could hardly wait for the 10 minutes to be up. They are that good!

The key to this recipe is to find the long, skinny carrots. I know specialty stores will carry these, or if you buy in bulk, pull out the long skinny ones.

You can also add cumin, rosemary (very top photo – we love this flavor!), cilantro, and serve the carrots as a main dish, too … plain or with a dip.

Appetizers don’t have to be fancy. I’m usually just looking for a little “nosh” to serve my guests.

Of course the conversation is always tastier than the actual appetizer, anyway. :)

What’s your favorite flavor when roasting carrots? And do you serve them as appetizers or a side dish?

(Thanks for viewing my quick and easy iPhone pictures in this post today. Sometimes when I’m cooking and serving, it’s hard to get the big camera out, especially when hungry people are waiting! Also, are you following me on Instagram? It’s a fun behind-the-scenes way to see what’s happening in the RE kitchen!)

   

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15 Responses to “How to Roast Carrots for an Easy Appetizer”

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    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — February 22, 2013 @ 5:19 am

    I almost always have too many carrots laying around – love this idea!!

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    Cassie | Bake Your Day — February 22, 2013 @ 8:44 am

    Oooo, I love the lime! Roasted carrots are always a winner!

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    Amanda — February 22, 2013 @ 9:03 am

    I have never roasted carrots, but I would love to try these!!

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    Rachel Cooks — February 22, 2013 @ 9:03 am

    Love roasted carrots and I’m so intrigued by the lime. Yum!

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    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — February 22, 2013 @ 9:14 am

    This is really smart Sandy! I never thought to serve carrots this way as an appetizer.

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    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — February 22, 2013 @ 9:21 am

    This looks so good and I love the addition of lime!

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    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — February 22, 2013 @ 9:34 am

    I’ve never thought to serve something like this for an app, but LOVE it! Roasted carrots are almost like candy to me, yum!

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    Tara @ Unsophisticook — February 22, 2013 @ 10:19 am

    I have a ton of carrots in my fridge — trying this for dinner tonight!

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    Erika @ The Hopeless Housewife — February 22, 2013 @ 6:00 pm

    I must try this soon!

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    Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet — February 22, 2013 @ 8:48 pm

    Love this idea. I always chop them up, but they look so much prettier whole. Great post!

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    marly — February 23, 2013 @ 8:22 am

    We love roasted carrots – so sweet and healthy too! Thanks for another great recipe!

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    ezmomma — February 25, 2013 @ 5:59 am

    Love to roast carrots w new potatoes…olive oil, salt, pepper, dill,and a bit of sugar…yummo!

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    Angie — February 26, 2013 @ 11:43 am

    I don’t think I’ve ever just roasted carrots, what a great and simple idea!

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    Nancy — March 10, 2013 @ 1:51 pm

    making these for a veg tonight! I always use baby carrots but these will look nice with roasted asparagus! Thanks!

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    Amanda — March 18, 2013 @ 10:54 pm

    Fantastic idea thanks. Made it yesterday for my kids and they went down a treat. Only addition I made was some lightly roasted pumpkin seeds sprinkled over the top and on the side. My family love these and they’re so good for them.

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