I got the most delicious honey for Christmas. My cousin gave it to me, it came from a family friend’s honey farm and it’s SooOOoo good. When I first tried it I started dreaming about where we could put a bee hive and start harvesting our own honey! I got about as far as that- dreaming, I don’t think the HOA would approve the bees nor our neighbors appreciate them… though I could probably bribe them with this honey, it’s that good… But someday when we live on a farm there will be honey, it’s decided 🙂
This is the darkest honey I have ever had which is why I like it so much. The darker the honey the stronger the flavor and for my personal taste stronger is better! As soon as I tasted the honey I felt an internal conflict. Part of me immediately started thinking about all of the things I wanted to make with it, while another part of me jumped straight to wanting to hoard it, keep it for myself and eat it with a spoon 🙂
After a few spoonfuls I decided I could compromise and share SOME, so these carrots were born! The glaze is honey, butter, fresh squeezed orange juice, orange zest, rosemary and sea salt. It has the most amazing fragrance that will warm up your kitchen!
Once glazed, I baked them in the oven at 400° for 25 minutes until the carrots became tender and easily pierced with a fork. After removing them from the oven, I sprinkled them with thyme for extra flavor and a hint of color.
- 4 cups baby carrots
- 3 tbsp unsalted butter
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1/2 tsp orange zest
- 2 tbsp fresh squeeze orange juice
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/4 tsp rosemary
- 1 tbsp thyme
- Pre-heat oven to 400°F
- Put baby carrots in a large bowl, set aside
- In a small sauce pan, melt the butter over low heat
- Once the butter starts to melt add the honey, orange zest, orange juice, sea salt and rosemary
- Simmer over low heat for a few minutes until the glaze becomes fragrant
- Pour the glaze over the carrots, toss to coat
- Spread carrots onto a baking sheet
- Place baking sheet in oven and bake for 20-25 minutes, tossing once
- Remove carrots from the oven and sprinkle them with thyme
- Cool for a few minutes and serve
These carrots make a great side dish or, as the case was in our house, afternoon snack – they didn’t make it to dinner 🙂
Have a great first week of 2017!