cook once eat twice: roasted carrots

cook once eat twice: roasted carrots | theclevercarrot.com

Nine out of ten people tell me they can’t cook.

They’re either too busy, unmotivated, or think they need training from the culinary gods.

I totally get it.

As much as I love to cook and talk about food, there are days when the simple task of straining pasta is enough to push me over the edge (don’t judge, ok?).

But here’s the thing: the secret to being a great cook has nothing to do with time, motivation, or professional training.

It has everything to do with shortcuts.

Because anyone can master a shortcut.

Here you will learn one of my FAVORITE cooking hacks.

And when done correctly, you’ll save time, money (and sanity) during a busy week. It’s so effortless, you won’t even break a sweat!

And the best part?

You’ll get TWO delicious recipes for under $5!…

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honey baked parisian carrots with orange + thyme

honey baked parisian carrots with orange + thyme | The Clever Carrot

I always feel like such a dork when I post carrot recipes. You know what I’m saying? ;)

But how on earth could I pass on these clever little things? According to the package, Parisian carrots are an heirloom variety originally grown throughout parts of Europe. They’re commonly known as Tonda di Parigi- carrots from France with an Italian mother (feisty!). Sounds like my genetics actually. Unlike baby carrots, Parisian carrots are not shaved or shaped; they grow just like the regular ones with big leafy tops. They are about the size of a small radish and are incredibly sweet. In the spring, you might spot a bunch at your local farmers market.

I bought mine frozen.

honey baked parisian carrots with orange + thyme | The Clever Carrot

The hardest part was figuring out what to do with these bright orange cuties. Soup? Stew? Roast? All I could think of was those J Crew bubble necklaces…

Instead, I prepared them à la Jamie Oliver, a method which involves steaming the carrots first and then roasting them off to finish. I flavor mine with fresh clementine juice and thyme. Once all of the liquid has evaporated and the carrots are cooked through, I drizzle them with honey for a lacquered glaze. It’s all done in one pan. They’re best served warm with a little extra olive oil and a dusting of flaky sea salt and black pepper.

See?

honey baked parisian carrots with orange + thyme | The Clever Carrothoney baked parisian carrots with orange + thyme | The Clever Carrot

When I plonked them onto the table, all I heard was are they melon balls? Why are they round? The boys immediately started to play with them, while the cats watched from a far with bewilderment. I’m quite positive they wanted to bat at them too- it was as if little orange weebles had invaded their territory! What an intriguing discovery for us all, really.

The best part is that when you slice them in half, the inside will reveal a heart-shaped center. It’s a good thing I have a picture of that, right? Ah, yes …the forgetful mind of a blogger. I guess you will have to see for yourself.

Tips:

  • If using frozen carrots, you do not need to defrost them beforehand. Cook straight from the freezer.
  • This recipe is not heavy on the orange flavor. Add a sprinkle of orange zest and/or orange blossom honey for an extra kick.

honey baked parisian carrots with orange + thyme
 
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Serves: 2-3
Ingredients
  • 1 lb. Parisian carrots
  • juice of 1 clementine, or 2 tbsp. fresh orange juice
  • 2-3 fresh thyme sprigs
  • olive oil
  • flaky sea salt (I used Maldon)
  • black pepper
  • runny honey
* If using frozen carrots, you do not need to defrost them beforehand. Cook straight from the freezer.
* Add a sprinkle of orange zest and/or orange blossom honey for extra orange flavor.
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 400 F.
  2. Place the carrots into a baking dish in one single layer. I used an 8x8 pan, however a 9x13 would work as well.
  3. Add the orange juice and place the clementine halves into the pan for extra flavor.
  4. Add the thyme sprigs.
  5. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Toss well to coat.
  6. Cover the pan with aluminum foil. Bake until the carrots are tender and the liquid has evaporated, about 10-12 minutes.
  7. Remove from the oven and discard the foil. Increase the heat to 450 F.
  8. Drizzle the carrots with honey and toss gently.
  9. Place back into the oven, uncovered, and roast until the carrots begin to caramelize, about 10 minutes. Keep an eye on them so that they do not burn.
  10. To serve, drizzle lightly with olive oil and add extra salt and pepper to taste.

honey baked parisian carrots with orange + thyme | The Clever Carrot

blood orange negroni

blood orange negroni | The Clever Carrot

5 PM is a magical time in our house. I call it rush hour…

When the clock strikes, my darling little boys morph into CRAZED monsters. They scream. They break things. The cats fear for their lives. It’s like they’ve been cast by a spell! If you have little kids, you know exactly what I’m talking about about.

Enter: husband with cocktail.

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One night (after the craziness had settled down), my husband made me a blood orange negroni. I’ve never had one before and to be honest with you, I was kind of bummed. When I think of a negroni, I picture an old man’s drink. My grandpa loves them.

But an old man’s drink it is not!

My negroni was wonderfully light and refreshing. It was made with campari, gin, sweet vermouth, and a splash of blood orange soda (Trader Joe’s strikes again!) He even garnished it with thinly sliced clementines. Très chic.

blood orange negroni | The Clever Carrot

So now I’m a negroni fan. I love the slightly bitter, slightly sweet taste with hints of heavenly orange (I guess Gramps was onto something…) It makes a wonderful aperitif as well. Two can play at this game, rush hour!

*If you can’t find blood orange soda, substitute with fresh orange juice (navels, clementines, or blood oranges will work too). Add club soda and a little agave syrup if you like it sweet.

blood orange negroni
 
Author:
Serves: 1
Ingredients
For the drink
  • 1 oz. campari
  • 1 oz. gin
  • 1 oz. sweet vermouth
  • blood orange soda
Garnish
  • clementines, thinly sliced
Instructions
  1. Combine campari, gin, sweet vermouth, and pour over ice.
  2. Top with blood orange soda and stir well.
  3. Garnish with thinly sliced clementines.
Notes
*If you can't find blood orange soda, substitute with fresh orange juice (navels, clementines, or blood oranges will work too). Add club soda and a little agave syrup if you like it sweet.