Butter Roasted Glazed Rainbow Carrots
1/5-2 pounds carrots
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 cloves garlic, minced or grated
1 1/2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh flat leaf parsley leaves
Flaky sea salt (optional)Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven and heat to 425°F.
Peel and trim the carrots. If they are more than 1-inch thick, cut them in half lengthwise; otherwise, leave them whole. Cut the carrots diagonally into 2-inch-long pieces. Place on a rimmed baking sheet; set aside.Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Continue cooking, swirling the pan occasionally, until the butter has a nutty aroma and is a golden-tan color, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and continue to cook, swirling occasionally, until the butter is toasty-brown, about 30 seconds more. Remove from the heat, add the honey, and whisk to combine.
Drizzle half the brown butter sauce over the carrots and toss to coat. Sprinkle with the salt and pepper and toss to coat again. Spread the carrots into an even layer.
Roast 15 minutes. Flip the carrots, then roast until the carrots are tender and the edges are charred and crispy, 15 to 20 minutes more.
Transfer to a serving bowl. Drizzle the remaining half of the brown butter sauce over the carrots, add the parsley, and toss to combine. Finish with a generous pinch of flaky sea salt, if using. Serve immediately.
Rainbow Roasted Carrots Recipe with Mustard and Cumin Seeds
2 pounds rainbow carrots
1 tablespoon safflower or other neutral oil, divided
Salt and pepper to taste
1 teaspoon brown or black mustard seeds
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro (or parsley)
Flaky sea salt, optional
Preheat oven to 400°F with two racks close to the center.
Peel and trim the carrots. Slice very thick carrots into quarters from root to tip, slice medium-sized carrots in half from root to tip, and leave any very thin carrots whole. The idea is to cut all pieces to a reasonably similar size so they will roast evenly.
Place the carrots on one baking sheet and toss with half the oil, then move half the carrots to a second baking sheet and arrange in a roomy single layer. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and roast until tender and lightly browned, about 20-25 minutes depending on size.
While the carrots roast, place the remaining 1/2 tablespoon of oil and the mustard and cumin seeds into your smallest pan. Warm over medium heat until the seeds start to pop vigorously, then remove from heat and let sit until ready to serve.
When ready to serve, arrange carrots on a platter, drizzle with the cumin and mustard seed oil, sprinkle with cilantro or parsley and some flaky sea salt if you have it.