Monday, February 16, 2009

Roasted Star Anise Carrots

Roasted Star Anise Carrots
From Chef Michael Smith’s Chef at Home (peeking out from behind a slice of rolled lamb)

Serves 2
Prep time: 5 minutes
Roasting time: 30 minutes

3 large carrots, peeled and cut on the diagonal (each piece about 1½-2 ”)
1 tbsp olive oil
1 star anise, finely ground (Chef Michael & I used a coffee grinder – only do that if yours is easy to clean) Note: my grinder didn’t do a fine enough job, so I used a fine sieve (tea strainer) and the back of a heavy knife – my own version of a mortar & pestle
Salt & pepper to taste

1. Preheat the oven to 375°F/180°C

2. Toss everything together in a mixing bowl and then place on a rimmed baking sheet lined with aluminum foil (easy cleanup). Make sure the carrots lie flat in one layer.

3. Roast for 30 minutes, tossing occasionally until the carrots have caramelized and are tender but not mushy.

This is a fantastic side with any roasted chicken, fish or meat dish.

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