Add a little spice to your holiday side dish with Hot Honey Thyme Roasted Carrots.
Sometimes I feel a little silly when I share basic recipes that I consider “non-recipes”. You know what I mean by that, ones that don’t really need ingredient amounts and you cook more by feel and know-how than by following a list and directions.
Roasted vegetables totally fall into that category. It’s not rocket science or baking a three-layer cake after all.
Peel, wash, chop, season, roast, enjoy!
Sometimes though, I think you need just little suggestions to make those roasted vegetables stand out from the crowd. We can add a sprinkle of herbs or spices here or there but what about those condiments sitting at home that are just collecting dust? Those are the ones that need to get looked at and used again.
That’s more or less how this recipe came to be.
How many of you have gone to a holiday meal and had a plate of sad looking honey roasted carrots sitting untouched? Most of the time the glaze is too thick and too sweet.
Let’s change that tune this year with hot honey. If you haven’t had hot honey yet, it’s time to board that train. We first had it at our local artisan pizza joint. Braden – Mr. I will douse my food with hot anything – fell head over heels in love with it (okay perhaps I exaggerate here but there might have been more hot honey on his pizza than cheese). Me – Ms. I need to wear gloves when I chop jalapenos was scared. Fast forward to this Christmas and we were gifted a bottle. That bottle sat mostly unused.
Okay, Susan, it’s time to tackle the Hot Honey.
This chili infused honey might be too much for me to tackle on pizza but the sweetness of roasted carrots is just what it calls for. Between the thyme, the sweet carrots, the subtle hit of heat this dish will surpass most on the table. Plus it’s easy and it’d look gorgeous with some multi-colored carrots from your farmer’s market.
- 1 bunch thin carrots - approximately 8-10 carrots, washed and peeled
- 1 1/2 tablespoons avocado or grapeseed oil
- kosher salt
- 6-7 sprigs fresh thyme
- 2 tablespoons hot honey plus extra to serve
- 1 tablespoons good quality butter
- maldon or flaked sea salt
- Heat your oven to 400 degrees F. and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Place the peeled carrots and thyme sprigs on a rimmed baking sheet and drizzle with the oil. Season with a generous amount of kosher salt.
- Roast the carrots for 10-12 minutes and remove from the oven. Flip and drizzle with the hot honey, make sure to get most of the honey on the carrots otherwise it'll burn on the baking sheet.
- Return to the oven and roast for another 10 minutes.
- Remove from the oven transfer to a serving dish, top with a pat of butter, sprinkle with a little sea salt and drizzle a little more hot honey on top.
- Serve the carrots hot or at room temperature.
This recipe will easily double or triple depending on the amount of people you are serving. Just up the quantities of honey and butter on the finished dish. Adjust the amount of oil as you see fit.
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I think it’s great so share “no-brainer” recipes once in a while! Sometimes things that seem obvious to one person might not be to another. I love how perfect these carrots turned out!!
What? I never heard of hot honey!!! I need to buy me some of this. I normally make a spicy vinaigrette with honey and I think the hot honey would be soooo much better. Carrots are the perfect vehicle for sweet and spicy!
I need to try that avocado oil
I love avocado oil! It’s such a great neutral oil and all I use next to olive oil.
I know what you mean about sharing simple recipes, but you know, sometimes those wind up getting the best response. These carrots sound lovely, I know there wouldn’t be a single one left in the pan at the end of dinner.
You know what’s really good with a little hot honey? Cheese. Particularl a little pecorino. Oh man, I want some now!
I love carrots and these are so pretty! Can’t wait to try this recipe!
Oh wow – that hot honey sounds fantastic!
I need some hot honey and these carrots in my life.
I LOVE this! I also have a bottle of Bee’s Knees. I asked for it for my birthday on a whim, but then once I got it, I just wasn’t sure what to really do with it! I did make some sopressata and goat cheese panini a few weeks ago, and totally doused each bite with the honey. These carrots look so simple and so good, and will help me in my quest to actually use this honey and not let it just collect dust 🙂