Maple Orange Roasted Carrots And Beets
1 pound beets, trimmed, scrubbed, cut into wedges
1 pound carrots, scrubbed, cut into strips, about 1/2-3/4 inch by 3-4 inches
6 tablespoons orange juice
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon orange zest
2 sprigs fresh thyme, picked over
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon salt
black pepper, to taste
Step 1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
Step 2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the beets, carrots, orange juice, olive oil, orange zest, and fresh thyme. Toss to coat.
Step 3. Transfer the beets mixture to a baking sheet; spread evenly and cover with foil. Bake for 20 minutes.
Step 4. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and remove the cover. Add the maple syrup; toss to coat.
Step 5. Place the baking sheet back to the oven. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes or until the carrots and beets are tender. You can pierce a carrot with a sharp knife to check the doneness. You are looking for slight resistance.
Step 6. Transfer the baked beets mixture to a plate. Pour the remaining juice in the baking sheet onto the plate, if there is any. Season with salt and pepper.