Balsamic roasted carrots are so simple and yet so tasty. Roasting roots vegetables concentrates their sweetness. Balsamic glaze pushes them over the top.
A well executed main deserves a well executed side. Boiling some carrots and tossing some butter on them. That’s OK but it isn’t great. Maybe for a Tuesday night dinner. But not for Saturday. Not for guests. And definitely not for holidays.
Balsamic roasted carrots aren’t really much more work. But so much better. There’s something magic about roasting root vegetables. And something magic about balsamic glaze. Together – wow! Need more wow? How about a bit of goat cheese tossed in at the last minute?
These are carrots for when you want flash. But you don’t want a ton of work. Perfect for a dinner party. When you are moving fast to get the meal on the table. Prep your glaze ahead of time. Roast the carrots. Drizzle. Serve. Balsamic roasted carrots. Easy. But just damn good.
- 1 lb small carrots, preferably from your farmer's market
- olive oil
- ½ cup balsamic vinegar
- 2 Tbsp sugar
- pinch of salt
- Bring the balsamic vinegar, sugar and salt to a brisk simmer.
- Boil until reduced by half.
- Pre-heat your oven to 400F (or just go with whatever temperature your oven is as you cook dinner)
- Toss the carrots generously with olive oil.
- Roast until soft and starting to shrivel.
- Season with salt.
- Place in a bowl and drizzle with balsamic glaze to taste. You probably won't need all the glaze.
- Serve along side your best roast dinner.