Roasted Carrots and Shallots, w/ Olives and Gremolata!!

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This recipe really takes the humble carrot and makes it the star of the show! It’s a perfect autumn side dish, and great for any holiday table. I actually saw this while flipping through some magazines in Border’s one day. What caught my attention, was the use of a parsley, garlic, and lemon zest gremolata, which you use as a garnish. The gremolata gives the carrots and shallots a depth of flavor that makes the whole dish pop!!

Cut your carrots length wise and place on a baking sheet along with your shallots that have been peeled and cut in half. Drizzle it all with olive oil, salt, pepper, and fresh thyme. Bake at 425F for around 30 min’s, they will start to caramelize but still have a little bite to them.


I used my micro plane to zest my lemon and also my garlic. I just used one clove and it was enough. Chop up some parsley and put it all together with a drizzle of olive oil and pepper.

When the carrots and shallots are finished roasting and all is still warm, toss in the gremolata and some good green olives. That’s it!!

Buon Appetito, and have a great weekend!

I want to take this time to brag a little about my son Tony. You know, us mothers need to do that every now and then. This Sunday morning he is running in the Chicago Marathon, 26.2 miles, he has trained all year for this! This will be his first. The transformation of him has been phenomenal, he is now a lean, mean, running machine!!! This weekend we’re all going to cheer him on in this enormous test of endurance, I’ll be sure to take some photo’s to share with you all. Wish him a great run!

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  1. Just made this and I have no words to describe how delicious it was, I added salt and pepper and a little of butter before putting on the grill. I served mine with grill corn on the cob and a salad with some sprouts that I sprouted during the weekend.

  2. Made this yesterday for Christmas Dinner and it was a huge it. Thanks for the great recipe!

  3. Wow, one of the most beautiful vegetable dishes I’ve ever seen. I sure look forward to trying it!

  4. Beautiful dish! So colorful and just looks scrumptious.

  5. Kuddos to your son for crossing the finish line!!! Those roasted carrots look yummy!!

  6. I hope Tony kicked butt! ๐Ÿ™‚

    As for these roasted carrots, they look fabulous, Marie!

  7. I’m not usually big on carrots but yours look so gourmet and fancy. The look good. Can’t wait to see the pics of the marathon. Wishing your son luck.

  8. Those carrots look so yummy. I can’t wait to try this recipe.

  9. Beautiful carrot dish, Marie. I love roasted veggies โ€” the gremolata is a nice touch!

    Best of luck to your son โ€” looking forward to the photos you take, proud mom!

  10. Always looking for a new way to serve carrots. They are so boring on their own, but look how you have dressed them up! Saving this one for Thanksgiving!
    Go Tony!!!!!!!!

  11. beautiful dish Marie, just bought a load of carrots in the market so I know what I’ll be doing with them:) Hope everything went well for Tony:)

  12. This is truly a beautiful veggie dish. I love roasted carrots and all of the flavors here would be amazing. Congratulations to your son! Distance running is such hard work.

  13. That dish looks outstanding! I’m making carrot soup this week for a neighborhood luncheon ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Wow Marie, I had no idea that carrots could be this gorgeous! This really does look like the perfect holiday vegetable dish!

    Looks like the race should be over by now — I hope that your son did well! What an enormous accomplishment! I hope that he carbo-loaded on a nice bowl of pasta the night before the race!

  15. First, I hope your son had a fantastic race! Next, this carrot dish is a winner, too! Just the title alone with the word Gremolata had me wishing for a serving of this. Then I cracked a large smile when I read about your reading in Borders (I do that, too!). This sounds great, and will be a wonderful addition to my fall menus.

  16. Hi Marie
    I hope Tony did well today…wow 26.2 miles! Good for him to train so hard for this!
    I love all vegetables roasted –it seems to bring out their flavors so well, These carrots look so good!
    Hugs, Pat

  17. Wasn’t the marathon amazing to watch? I got sore just standing there ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope Tony had fun and did well! My husband is dying to run his first marathon, but has had knee problems for a while. Maybe next year I’ll get to cheer for him! Hope you had a fun weekend!

  18. This dish look absolutely delicious, I love all the colors!

    I hope Tony had a great run. ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. I love how the carrots are cut lengthwise like that. I would never think to do that. Beautiful!

    Good luck to your son!!

  20. That looks absolutely delicious!

  21. All the best of luck Tony in the Run!!!

    Those carrots look outstandingly delicious!!!!! YUM

  22. Marie, I love looking at all of your beautiful dishes. The colors just pop right out of the screen. Looks fantastic!

  23. i’ve never seen carrots cooked like this before – looks yummy and those carrots are so “orange”!

  24. All the very best to Tony! It’s phenomenal that he’s been training for a year…good for him! Wonderful flavours in this side dish, Marie…& the microplaner is working magic here with the delicious gremolata. Happy Fall…much love Deeba.

  25. Those look delicious!
    Good Luck Tony!

  26. Kudos Tony! Love those carrots mom ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. Honestly Marie, you can feed be anything only you can make carrots look so attractive!

  28. Marie,
    I love roasted vegetables, and roasted carrots are a favorite.
    I would roast anything…….my cat runs when she sees me turn that oven to 425, because if she doesn’t watch it, she’s next!
    (I am kidding, of course!).

    Good luck to your son in the marathon! how exciting.

  29. Thanks everyone for your well wishes.

    Lori Lynn, Heck no, I’m not cooking, we’re all eating down in the city tonight. Italian, of course!

  30. Congratulations to your son! What a tremendous accomplishment.

    BTW, your carrots look amazing.

  31. Great vegetable dish Marie – I bet that gremolata really perks it up. Beautiful color too.

    Go Tony! Are you cooking him some high-carb pasta tonight Marie?

  32. Here’s wishing your son strong legs and perfect running weather!
    This dish is gorgeous – the image of fall!

  33. These look gorgeous – the picture of fall, to be sure!
    Here’s wishing your son good luck, with a dash of perfect running weather!

  34. Best wishes for you son! You sure can make the humble carrot look fantastic. Great photos.

  35. Best of luck to your son.
    There is nothing wrong in prouds bragging about their kids. I do that wiht my daughter too ๐Ÿ™‚
    Tese carrots are one of the delicious carrits i have ever seen

  36. Congrats to your son on running the Chicago Marathon. I have never participated, but have been a spectator many times. It always amazes me that people can actually run that far. Chicago is a great city to run a marathon!!

  37. Go on and brag MOM!! That’s wonderful and many cheers from NY!! GO TONY, GO TONY!!

    Carrots look awesome, a great combination of flavors… and one that I must try!

  38. I love roasted veggies Marie! Good luck to your Tony! “Run like the wind, Kiddo!”

  39. Not your average roasted carrot but then again, this here is not your average food blog.

    This is how root vegetables should look.

  40. Those colours!
    “In bocca al lupo” for your son.

  41. Ha! I was just at Borders earlier this morning but since they had a few minutes more til opening, I walked over to Starbucks…and ended up chatting away with a friend. No magazine flipping, which is what I had in mind in the first place!

    I totally understand about wanting to brag about your son(s). I’m the same way!

  42. Wish your son well from me, I am very impressed with him. The humble old carrot has been elevated here….this dish looks packed with flavor.

  43. A great run to your son Marie!!
    Your carrots look beautiful and the color is spectacular. I love new ways to prepare holiday side dishes.. and this dressy carrot version is a winner decked out in that gremolata!
    Have a wonderful weekend!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  44. I love this! The carrots looks so pretty cut lengthwise like that. All those bold flavors sound so good together. Beautiful!

  45. What a beautiful veggie dish!
    Yay to your son! And good luck to him. I have been a runner all my life and know the hard work and training you must do to get ready for a marathon. Kudos to him.


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