for our roasted carrot recipe, we wanted to release the sweetness from the carrots, yielding a caramelized exterior and a smooth, tender interior. We liked prepared baby carrots, which require no cleaning or cutting. Tossing them with olive oil and salt (no pepper—it masks the carrots’ flavor) and roasting them on a broiler pan in a hot oven for 20 minutes got us the roasted carrots recipe we were after.
- 2 pounds baby carrots (two 16-ounce bags)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon table salt
Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 475 degrees. Toss carrots, oil, and salt in broiler-pan bottom. Spread into single layer and roast 12 minutes. Shake pan to toss carrots; continue roasting about 8 minutes longer, shaking pan twice more, until carrots are browned and tender.