Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas 
Hands-on Time
25 Mins
Total Time
30 Mins
Makes 4 to 6 servings

Substitute apple juice for bourbon, if you prefer. Look for bunches of carrots that are all about the same size so they'll cook evenly. If some are too big--or if you can't find real (sometimes labeled French) baby carrots--just peel the bigger ones and halve them lengthwise before roasting.

How to Make It

Step 1

Place a small roasting pan in oven. Preheat oven and pan to 500°.

Step 2

Cut tops from carrots, leaving 1 inch of greenery on each carrot.

Step 3

Stir together olive oil and 1 Tbsp. butter in preheated pan. Add carrots, salt, and pepper; toss to coat. Bake 10 minutes.

Step 4

Meanwhile, melt remaining 2 Tbsp. butter in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Add shallot; sauté 1 minute. Remove from heat, and stir in bourbon and next 2 ingredients. Return to heat, and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to medium, and cook 5 minutes or until mixture is syrupy.

Step 5

Drizzle syrup over carrots; toss to coat. Bake 5 to 7 more minutes or until carrots are crisp-tender. Transfer to a serving dish, and sprinkle with thyme.

Ratings & Reviews

Wichitafilly's Review

March 08, 2014
These are great!

DawneS's Review

February 26, 2014
Teens especially liked this. The pepper and the honey provide a great contrast.