If there was ever a way to serve carrots this would be it….
Turning vegetables from a boring, over boiled side to something that you could serve as the main event at a dinner party and be happy about it is a borderline hobby of mine. My mum has a “half a plate of veg” policy when it comes to meals – meaning that at least half her plate must be covered in some form of vegetable (she is a healthy person not a high maintenance person I promise). This created a need to think of more imaginative ways of serving vegetables than merely slicing and steaming them…. I already have one blog post dedicated to this cause:
But I was inspired by the current instagram food fad of hasselback potatoes and have created another fun vegetable side dish for you all. A quick scroll down your instagram feed at the moment will undoubtedly include a picture or twenty of hasselback potatoes (including one on my page may I add). I noticed this trend and thought to myself why limit ourselves to potatoes in this wonderful world of hasselbacking…???
Thus my honey glazed hasselback carrots were born. Carrots are finely sliced on one side and then coated in honey mixed with cumin, ginger, paprika and thyme before being roasted in the oven until caramalised and delicious. I like to sprinkle over pomegranate seeds and fresh coriander to add a fresh infusion of flavours before serving.
P.S. if you are vegan or attempting to cut down on sugar; substitute the honey for maple syrup – the results are still delicious.
Serves 4 as a side dish
Prep time – 15 minutes
Cooking time – 45 minutes
- 1 kg carrots, peeled, topped and tailed
- 4 tbsp honey
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp thyme
- salt and pepper
- Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius.
- Using a sharp knife make vertical slits, a few millimeters apart, three quarters of the way down each carrot.
- In a dish (long enough for the carrots) mix together the remaining ingredients until evenly combined. If the mixture is very thick you may want to add a little more oil. Coat each carrot in this mix and then place on a lightly oiled baking tray. Ensure that there are a few centimeters between each carrot as if they are too close together they will steam rather than roast.
- Place in the oven for 45 minutes but do keep an eye on them as cooking time can vary hugely from oven to oven. The carrots should have a crisp surface but be soft on the inside.
- Optional: sprinkle with fresh coriander leaves and pomegranate seeds.
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