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These coconut oil-roasted carrot fries are probably one of our favorite sides. They taste great with just about anything — burgers, hot dogs, chicken, steak, fish, etc. The recipe developed as an accident, as I was roasting some carrots for dinner one night and kind of forgot about them. When I remembered, they were pretty browned (OK, some were black), but even the burnt ones were tasty. The carrots have natural sugars in them that, coupled with the coconut oil, caramelize in the heat, creating a soft, chewy, and slightly crispy fry. The flavor is fabulous — all you need is a little salt and pepper, though I’m sure other seasonings would be delicious too!
- Heat your oven to 350. You could also do this on the grill.
- Wash your carrots. I usually don’t peel them. I just scrub them with my veggie brush. Cut them into fry-like strips.
- Toss your carrots in a large bowl with the coconut oil until the carrots are all coated with the oil.
- Spread the carrots on a sheet pan and pour any excess coconut oil over them.
- Generously coat with sea salt and pepper.
- Roast in the oven for 45 minutes without opening the door. Then, open and stir the carrots (see note).
- Cook for another 30 minutes, or until the carrots are soft and brown, and some of the smaller ones are crispy.
- Remove from the heat and serve.
I live at a mile above sea level, so cooking times are much longer where I live. If you’re at a lower elevation, cooking time should be much less.
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