Day 351: Roasted Carrots & Mushrooms with Thyme ♥

Roasted Carrots & Mushrooms with Thyme
graphic button small size size 10 Today's simple vegetable recipe: Chunks of carrots roasted with fresh mushrooms. Weight Watchers friendly! Low carb! Not just vegan, "Vegan Done Real".

~recipe & photo updated 2008 & 2014~
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ORIGINAL POST 2006: Day after day, other food blogs inspire! Today it was Kalyn's Kitchen's great-looking roasted carrots and mushrooms. They were GREAT! Even my dad, who's so-so about carrots, admits they were "okay". For the record, that would be a compliment – he ate every single bite! I followed Kalyn's recipe except that I used:

a whole pound of real carrots! the kind you peel and cut into chunks. The pre-peeled carrots marketed as 'baby carrots' aren't baby carrots at all, just huge humongous carrots formed into carrot-bullet shapes. They're fine for eating raw but have little flavor when cooked.
Just 1 tablespoon oil. In the last year, I've learned that the trick for using LESS OIL when roasting vegetables means dirtying an extra dish. Sure, you can drizzle oil on the vegetables, right there on the baking sheet – but you'll use more oil because it's harder to coat the vegetables to take full advantage of the flavor. So now I always use a bowl and a spatula to combine the vegetables and the oil very well – this means tossing it all several times, it's not hard, it just takes maybe an extra 30 seconds. But it really works!

UPDATES 2008 & 2014: The combination of carrots and mushrooms just "works" so this is a recipe I come back to, especially when some mushrooms are getting a little "long in the tooth" as they say and are no longer plump and perfect for salads. Because the carrots take longer to cook than the mushrooms, start them off on their own first, then add the mushrooms when the carrots are almost cooked.

ROASTED CARROTS & MUSHROOMS with THYME

Hands-on time: 15 minutes
Time to table: 45 minutes
Serves 4

1 pound carrots, peeled and cut into chunks (try for equal height and width, be aware they'll shrink)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh thyme
Salt & pepper
8 ounces baby portabella or white button mushrooms, washed, stems trimmed, small caps left whole, large caps broken into pieces

Set oven to 450F. Combine the carrots, olive oil and thyme in a bowl. Season generously with salt and pepper. Toss well, coating the carrots with the fat. Transfer to a rimmed baking sheet and roast for 15 minutes. Add the mushrooms to the bowl, toss well with the olive oil left from the carrots. Add the mushrooms to the rimmed baking sheet, season again and stir well. Roast another 15 minutes or until carrots and mushrooms are both cooked through and beginning to caramelize.

ALANNA'S TIPS & KITCHEN NOTES
The carrots and mushrooms both shrink considerably. This means that the portion size will 'seem' small and may leave you wanting more. So if everyone's starved, I'd definitely suggest adding a second (unroasted) vegetable that will be more filling.
Breaking the mushroom caps into pieces, rather than slicing them, makes them seem less like 'canned' or 'mushroom soup' mushrooms, more like fresh.
To my taste, the mushrooms are 'accent' versus an ingredient of equal importance. I once made them with a full pound of mushrooms, that was too many mushrooms:carrots.



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4 comments:

Your version sounds great. Maybe I will even try reducing the olive oil. See, you are inspiring me too.

You are so right! The inspiration from other blogs is incredible. Like the inspiration I just got from seeing this recipe. I just happen to have a bunch of thyme in the refrigerator and I think I'm going to give this a try.

I do the same to reduce the amount of oil I use roasting veggies! I think I might have to make this too ... it just looks way too delectable.

This jumped out at me from under the Roasted category on your side-list, though it seems to be an older recipe, and I don't even know if there's a Braised category, but that's my new favorite way of doing carrots. Especially the multicolored ones we're getting from the farmer's market right now. I've been starting with olive oil or some bacon drippings (~1T, so it's just a small amount) and adding a sliced onion and a good-sized dollop of dry white wine with the quartered carrots. Cover and cook on med-low for 20 minutes or so. But next I'll follow this suggestion of mushrooms (only oyster mushrooms are local in SoFL) and thyme. Thanks!

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