Side Dish Sundays: Bacon Roasted Carrots.

Nothing brings in spring like bacon roasted carrots.

Aren’t you so excited too? A sweet + savory side dish is exactly what I need.
Okay guys. First, I can’t believe I am going to say this, but… this is the recipe that has made me love carrots. In fact, this is the recipe that has made me CRAVE carrots.
Second, I could eat the entire contents of this baking sheet for a meal.
They are THAT good.

While carrots seem to be the go-to for kids (they’re sweet! You can dip them in delicious stuff!), I always loathed raw carrots. If I’m being honest, I still don’t like raw carrots at ALL but I will semi-fake it for my kids. As a result, I find myself not even liking carrots in salad. Unless I spiralize or shave them.
Cooked carrots were a different story. I could handle them in soups and stews and if they were served with something else and they were roasted and warm, I was fine with it. But carrots weren’t a side dish my mom ever made for dinner (she was strictly team green beans with almonds with the occasional corn dish) and I just never grew to love them. Meanwhile, I don’t think anyone else in our house liked them either.

However! Eddie absolutely LOVES carrots – and he especially loves cooked carrots. I’m always looking for new ways to kick up a carrot side dish for dinners. Because the other thing that you probably already know is that Eddie lives for a side dish.
He might enjoy a side dish better than the entrée. He is always VERY interested in the side dish.

And that’s how these bacon roasted carrots were born! Salty, crispy bacon. Caramely, tender carrots. There is so much flavor here and so few ingredients! It’s such a winner. I even kind of want to throw these on a salad by themselves and go to town.
That would be amazing, right?!

What I love to serve with bacon roasted carrots.
This is a simple side dish with loads of flavor, so I find that it complements SO many dishes! Be it meat or veg, this is a great dish to make and one that even tastes great when it’s reheated.
Kalua Pork Sliders
Goat Cheese Roasted Chicken
The Best Lemon Roasted Chicken
Spaghetti Squash Parmesan
Bourbon Fig & Gorgonzola Pork Tenderloin
Yogurt Marinated Grilled Chicken
Pomegranate Braised Short Ribs
Crispy Rice Salad with Kale
Portobello Mushroom Galette
Herb Butter Roasted Beef Tenderloin
Veggie and Cheese Stuffed Poblano Peppers
Brown Sugar Flank Steak with Chimichurri
Crispy Brussels Sprouts Tartines

Bacon Roasted Carrots

Sweet carrots are drizzled with bacon fat and chopped bacon, then roasted until they are tender, sweet and caramely. So much flavor!

3 slices thick-cut bacon, (chopped)
2 pounds of carrots, (peeled)
pinch of salt
½ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
½ teaspoon garlic powder
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Heat a skillet over medium heat and add the chopped bacon. Cook, stirring, often, just until the fat is rendered and the bacon starts to crisp up. Turn off the heat.
Peel the carrots and place them on the baking sheet. I like to drizzle the carrots with the bacon grease that is in the pan. Toss the carrots to cover them evenly with the bacon fat. Sprinkle a pinch of salt on the carrots, along with the pepper and garlic. Top with the bacon.
Roast the carrots for 20 minutes, or until the bacon is crisped and the carrots are fork tender.
Remove the baking sheet and sprinkle with fresh parsley. Serve immediately!

These colors give me all the heart eyes.
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