RECIPE: Oven-Roasted Carrots with Thyme and Chocolate Balsamic Sauce

Oven-Roasted Carrots with Thyme and Chocolate Balsamic Sauce

  • 2-3 pounds Kroger baby carrots, patted dry
  • 2-3 tablespoons Kroger Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper
  • 8 fresh thyme sprigs

Chocolate Balsamic Sauce

  • ¾ cup Kroger Private Selection Balsamic Vinegar of Modena (or any other high quality balsamic vinegar)
  • 1 oz. (3 squares) Private Selection 72% Cacao Dark Chocolate Swiss Bar
  • 1 tablespoon Kroger salted butter
  • 1 teaspoon Kroger honey
  • 1/8 teaspoon EACH salt and black pepper

Heat oven to 425⁰F. Toss carrots with olive oil, salt and pepper in large bowl. Transfer to large (18×13-inch) rimmed baking sheet and arrange in single layer. Lay thyme sprigs over top of carrots. Roast until carrots are slightly browned in spots, and desired doneness/softness, about 25 to 40 minutes.

While carrots roast, make the Chocolate Sauce. In a very small saucepan over medium-low heat, simmer balsamic vinegar until it reduces in half, slightly under ½ cup. Remove saucepan from burner; stir in chocolate and butter. Stir until completely melted and blended. Add honey, salt and pepper and stir well. Drizzle over oven-roasted carrots or serve on the side as a sauce. Makes heaping ½ cup sauce and about 8 large servings of carrots.

Recipe by culinary registered dietitian nutritionist Kim Galeaz, RDN CD