Honey Roasted Whole Carrots

Honey Roasted Whole Carrots are the perfect accompaniment for any weeknight meal. Carrots are tossed in olive oil and honey, then dusted with cayenne pepper for a delightful sweet-spicy kick.

Honey Roasted Whole Carrots are the perfect accompaniment for any weeknight meal. Carrots are tossed in olive oil and honey, then dusted with cayenne pepper for a delightful sweet-spicy kick. #sidedish #carrots #cayenne #weeknightside

Carrots were one of my favorite snacks as a kid, and I could easily take down a bag of baby carrots in one sitting because they were so darn good.

Then my sister discovered she was allergic — highly allergic — to carrots… and we all stopped eating them in her presence.

Honey Roasted Whole Carrots are the perfect accompaniment for any weeknight meal. Carrots are tossed in olive oil and honey, then dusted with cayenne pepper for a delightful sweet-spicy kick. #sidedish #carrots #cayenne #weeknightside

It’s been years since I cooked a carrot — or really did anything but chop them as a part mirepoix to start a dish — but recently, I decided it was time.

So I took a few of my favorite ingredients, tossed the carrots in them, and roasted them until they were fork tender.

Honey Roasted Whole Carrots are the perfect accompaniment for any weeknight meal. Carrots are tossed in olive oil and honey, then dusted with cayenne pepper for a delightful sweet-spicy kick. #sidedish #carrots #cayenne #weeknightside

The end result?

Spectacular! The carrots are sweet with a kick of heat from the cayenne. And they melt in your mouth as you eat them.

Here’s how you can make these Honey Roasted Whole Carrots at home:

Honey Roasted Whole Carrots

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch carrots, trimmed and cleaned
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Cayenne pepper, for dusting

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Spritz a sheet pan with baking spray, and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, coat the prepared carrots with the olive oil and honey.
  3. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Transfer the carrots to the prepared sheet pan.
  5. Sprinkle the cayenne pepper over the carrots. (Be careful with this -- a little goes a long way.)
  6. Bake in the preheated over for 25 minutes, or until fork tender.
  7. Enjoy warm!
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Honey Roasted Whole Carrots are the perfect accompaniment for any weeknight meal. Carrots are tossed in olive oil and honey, then dusted with cayenne pepper for a delightful sweet-spicy kick. #sidedish #carrots #cayenne #weeknightside

How do you like your carrots?

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Erin is a professional photographer and social media manager who has a penchant for baking and cooking. She discovered her love of all things in the kitchen during her collegiate years when she missed being able to cook her own meals, and as soon as she moved off campus, she began playing with her food... and has been doing so ever since. On her blog, The Speckled Palate, she shares tried and true favorite recipes from her kitchen, as well as new faves, as she creates new dishes and tinkers her way through some well-loved cookbooks.

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