The recipe below is more of a template than a strict recipe. Carrots are perfectly delicious roasted, but so are parsnips, squash, potatoes or other hardy vegetable you find in season. Feel free to switch them out for something else. Here we toss roasted carrots with butter that’s been infused with garlic and parsley. Instead of the parsley, consider adding basil, crushed red pepper flakes, dill, cumin, or other favorite flavors.
1 1/2 pounds carrots, peeled with ends trimmed (8 to 9 carrots)
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon butter
1 garlic clove
1/3 cup loosely packed fresh parsley leaves, chopped
Heat the oven to 425 degrees F and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Cut carrots into 2 to 3-inch sticks. (Depending on how wide the thicker ends are, you may need to slice each stick in half, lengthwise). Toss carrots onto the baking sheet with the olive oil and salt. Make sure the carrots are coated then spread out into one layer. Roast carrots, stirring twice, until they are tender with edges that are lightly browned, 25 to 30 minutes.
While the carrots roast, melt butter in a small pan over low heat. Use the back of a large knife to gently crush the garlic clove. Remove the skin then add clove to the butter along with the parsley. Wait until the butter bubbles gently then cook for 1 minute. Slide the pan away from the heat and set aside for 10 to 15 minutes. Remove and discard the garlic.
Slide the roasted carrots into a bowl with the garlic parsley butter. Toss then season to taste with additional salt as needed.