This easy roasted carrots recipe uses baby carrots, dill weed, butter, salt and pepper. In today’s post, you’ll learn how to make this delicious vegetable side dish idea for an easy dinner for New Year’s Day — or really any weeknight!
Eating Carrots is Good Luck on New Year’s Day
My mother always told my siblings and I that we should eat peas on New Year’s Day to have money in our pockets in the new year. I don’t like peas, so I was glad to learn that in some European traditions, carrots are the vegetable that’s thought to bring financial security or assurance of wealth in the new year.
Whether you believe that or not, it couldn’t hurt to incorporate this simple roasted carrots recipe with dill into your New Year’s Day meal, just to be on the safe side. You probably get extra super-special good luck if you actually cut the carrots into round medallions like coins.
How to Make Roasted Carrots
This roasted carrots recipe is incredibly simple and super easy. You just use a bag of baby carrots from the grocery store. So there’s no washing, peeling or cutting involved. That’s my favorite kind of recipe!
What you need:
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Kitchen tools needed:
The entire recipe is in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post. But here is what you’ll need from the store.
Roasted Baby Carrots Tips
Don’t bother measuring Anything
First of all, to make this roasted carrots recipe, you just spread a single layer of baby carrots in the bottom of a lightly greased 8-9 inch square baking dish. I don’t bother measuring the baby carrots. Just throw in as many carrots as you can fit.
I included a printable recipe card and the specific amounts at the end of this post for your convenience. But you really don’t have to measure anything. Just put enough butter to cover the carrots and sprinkle the spices on top.
Stir mid-way in Roasting
Finally, bake the roasted baby carrots in your oven. About every 10 to 15 minutes take the roasted carrots out of the oven and stir them. This will help the butter and spices to get evenly distributed among all the baby carrots.
You want soft but not mushy carrots
You want the oven-roasted carrots to be soft, but not mushy at all. If you use regular carrots that you’ve sliced into coins or medallions, you can probably reduce the overall baking time by 10-15 minutes.
Once the roasted carrots are done baking, transfer them to a serving dish and enjoy!
Roasted Carrots With Dill
- 3/4 lb Baby Carrots
- 1½ tablespoons Butter Or Margarine
- 1 teaspoon Dried Dill Weed
- Salt To Taste
- Pepper To Taste
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
- Dab the carrots with 1 ½ tbs butter or margarine.
- Sprinkle the carrots with dill weed, black pepper and salt to taste.
- Bake for 55 minutes until the carrots are soft, but not mushy. Be sure to stir every 10-15 minutes so that the butter and spices become evenly distributed among the carrots. If you cut the carrots into “coins,” you can probably reduce the overall baking time by 10-15 minutes.
Serving Suggestions for this Roasted Carrots Recipe
While we prepared these roasted carrots as part of our New Year’s dinner, they could easily be part of any weeknight meal. Here are a few suggestions:
- Got a big crowd coming over for New Year’s Day? You could easily double or triple this recipe. I’d just recommend using a 9 x 13″ baking pan or something larger so there’s plenty of room to spread out the baby carrots when you roast them.
- If dill weed is not your family’s favorite spice, you could easily omit it. This roasted carrots recipe would still taste great without it.
- Roasted carrots would be a great side dish to serve with Sweet Barbecue Turkey Meatloaf, Tortilla Crusted Chicken or Slow Cooker Turkey with Mashed Cauliflower.
How Does Your Family Ring in the New Year?
Are there any family traditions in your household to ring in the new year? We’d love to hear about the special things you do with your family on New Year’s Day to celebrate and prepare for the year ahead. Please comment below to share. We’re always looking for new ideas!
Enjoy the roasted carrots recipe with dill! We wish you and your family GOOD LUCK AND FINANCIAL PROSPERITY IN THE YEAR AHEAD!
While you’re here be sure to check out these other side dish ideas on Ideas for the Home by Kenarry®:
- Zucchini Recipes: 12 Great Ideas for This Prolific Vegetable
- Quick and Easy Hoppin’ John Side Dish
- Sweet Potato Recipes: 18 Delicious Dinner Ideas
- Bacon Wrapped Balsamic Asparagus
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Originally published December 2013. Updated February 2020.