These roasted carrots with apricot glaze are an easy and unexpected side dish made with carrots that are roasted until wrinkly and glazed with the sweetness of jam along with the spiciness of chile oil (use as much or as little heat as you like). Definitely not your same old hum drum steamed carrots.
Roasted Carrots with Apricot Glaze
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- 20 M
- 1 H, 15 M
- Serves 4 to 6
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- For the chile oil
- For the roasted carrots
☞ TESTER TIP: Use carrots that are uniform in size to ensure even cooking.
Recipe Testers Reviews
I loved these spicy, sticky, and almost exotically flavored carrots and will be adding them to my veggie repertoire. There is so much going on here!
I left the carrots whole. My carrots weren’t that thick but they still took a very long time to become tender. Using whole carrots is quite easy and also lovely. Just note that the cooking time will be longer.
My apricot jam was chunky but I don’t think it made much of a difference as it ultimately melted into the carrots.
I made the chile oil recipe (without other spices) that followed the carrot recipe. It’s extremely easy, took only 6 minutes to pull together, and the results were great! However the chile oil is very, very hot.
The brightness of mint is really critical for creating a contrast with the sweetness and heat in these carrots. I used some mint and some cilantro but I might just stick with mint alone next time. That said, a sprig of mint can have quite a few leaves on it, so for me 10 sprigs would be too much.
I've never considered putting jam on cooked carrots but the combination of the jam with the chile oil was very good. I added a squeeze of lemon as suggested and mint.
I kept the carrots whole but if they'd been larger I would've cut them into large chunks. Watch the oven time after tossing the cooked carrots with the jam mixture. The carrots were darker in color than during the first roasting and I didn't want to burn them.
We liked the chile oil flavor. I made the full recipe and will keep using it for other vegetables.
I'll make the carrots again. We even enjoyed them almost at room temperature.
I liked this recipe quite a bit.
The instructions for the carrots were pretty straightforward. I cut mine into large chunks. After about 35 minutes, the smaller thinner ends were crispy and the larger chunks were browned and tender. I would suggest buying carrots that are uniform in size to ensure even crispness.
Also, I recommend using smooth jam, rather than chunky, to mix with the chili oil. I loved the spice level of the dish and really enjoyed the overall combination with the mint and almonds, but I would have been happier if there were fewer chunks of apricot.
As for servings, two of us ate them all and enjoyed every bite.