These roasted carrots with freshly squeezed orange, maple, garlic, toasted almond slices and fresh parsley are a SIMPLE and tasty side dish that would be a perfect addition to any festive dinner table. Thanksgiving is around the corner and was definitely the inspiration for this recipe. I bought sliced almonds specifically to make this vs chopping whole almonds. There's just something about them that I really like in this context. The visual aspect, or perhaps the delicate but snappy crunch they provide....but go ahead and use chopped toasted almonds if that's what you have. I made this recipe using 1 lb of carrots or 2 servings, you will want to multiply the recipe to suit how many people you are serving.
Carrots & Flavour Thoughts
I was able to get my hands on some freshly picked local carrots that were lovely. I was keeping my eye out for the rainbow variety, because I think they would have made for beautiful presentation, but alas the market didn't have them the day I went. Next time. I always taste my carrots before cooking them just to know what I'm working with. Sometimes they are deliciously sweet, other times they are kind of bland and sometimes they will have stronger bitter notes than others. If they would have been bland or bitter carrots, I would think about how to treat that specific vegetable...perhaps in this recipe an extra tablespoon of maple (for example.) Anyhow, the point being...recipes will work to a point but in order to have more successes in the kitchen you need to get used to tasting and balancing flavours. Recognize that there will often be variables in the ingredients that following a recipe can't account for. Only your taste buds can help you there. I don't mean to say following a recipe will result in a disaster if you don't take this approach, only that often, it's the final taste and adjusting that can take a dish from good to great.
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