Roasted Carrots and Shallots
The keys to great cooked carrots are high heat and lots of flavorful browning.
Why This Recipe Works
We discovered that there are two keys to good browning when roasting vegetables: butter and oven position. Melting the butter first helps coat the vegetables evenly before they go onto the baking sheet. The butter itself helps brown the vegetables while also keeping them from sticking. Roasting the buttered vegetables lower in the oven also helps promote browning. The closer the heat source is to the baking sheet, the better the browning. Adding the thyme at the end keeps its flavor fresh and ensures that it doesn't burn during roasting.
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