Sweet Garlic-Glazed Carrots

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Making pesto from carrot tops is a great way to use the whole vegetable in a flavorful, easy way, and it pairs deliciously with these sticky roasted carrots.

Sweet Garlic-Glazed Carrots
Serves: 8-10 servings
 
Ingredients
  • 4 bunches medium carrots with tops, trimmed and peeled (tops reserved)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1¾ teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons firmly packed light brown sugar
  • Carrot Top Pesto (see Kitchen Tip)
  • Garnish: chopped carrot tops
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400°.
  2. On a large cast-iron baking pan, toss together carrots, garlic, oil, salt, and pepper; spread in an even layer.
  3. Bake for 30 minutes. Sprinkle with brown sugar, and bake until tender, about 5 minutes more. Serve with Carrot Top Pesto. Garnish with carrot tops, if desired.
Notes
KITCHEN TIP-To make Carrot Top Pesto, in the work bowl of a food processor, pulse together 1 clove garlic and 3 tablespoons pine nuts until roughly chopped. Add 2 cups packed carrot tops, ½ cup packed basil leaves, ¼ cup finely grated Parmesan, ½ teaspoon kosher salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. With food processor on, slowly add 1 cup olive oil until well combined. Cover and refrigerate for up to 1 week.

 

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