Harissa and Maple Roasted Carrots

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carrotsI really like this sweet and savory recipe for roasted carrots. I will admit right up front that I made some substitutions to the recipe, but I tried to keep it in line with the spirit of the dish. I decided to make a chipotle paste to use instead of buying harissa paste. I also discovered at the last minute that I didn’t have as many carrots as I thought. Since I had some cabbage leftover from the Stuffed Cabbage Rolls we made a day or so before, I chopped some up to round up the veggie component. It all worked out perfectly. A little sweet, a little savory, and a little heat — all the flavors combined to make this a really good side dish. A little something vegan/vegetarian for my non-meat eating friends.


HARISSA AND MAPLE ROASTED CARROTS (Serves 8)

Ingredients

  • 2 garlic cloves, finely grated
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon harissa paste
  • 2 teaspoons cumin seeds
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • pounds small rainbow carrots, scrubbed, tops trimmed to about ½”, halved
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced, seeds removed

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 450°. Whisk garlic, oil, maple syrup, harissa, and cumin seeds in a small bowl; season garlic mixture with salt and pepper.
  2. Toss carrots and lemon with garlic mixture in a large roasting pan to coat; season with salt and pepper. Roast, tossing occasionally, until carrots are tender and lemons are caramelized, 35–40 minutes.

Do Ahead: Carrots can be roasted 6 hours ahead. Let cool; cover and chill. Bring to room temperature or reheat slightly before serving.

~ from BonAppetit.com ~

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