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If you had told me 10 years ago that I’d be writing a whole blog post dedicated to carrots I would have covered you in chocolate cake crumbs whilst laughing in your face. I wasn’t a veggie person as a kid, though not through my own fault. My family just didn’t eat vegetables.
The only time I can remember seeing vegetables on my plate was on a Sunday afternoon when my Grandma cooked Sunday lunch. And I can specifically remember watching her spoon about a cup of butter into enough mashed potato to feed 6 people.
1 cup of butter divided by 6 people = amazing calorie-packed mashed potato. But my grandma wasn’t bothered about the calories – she was one big lady who wanted her family to have full tummies and smiley faces.
I now live with someone who will only eat vegetables prepared in that kind of way – good, hearty vegetables (does potato even count as a vegetable?) laden with cream, butter or cheese and mashed into oblivion.
But he won’t touch carrots in any form. I thought I’d be able to tempt him with these Sweet & Spicy Baked Carrot Fries. After all, they’re fries and he likes fries – everybody likes fries. But no – he wouldn’t even try them. Is it bad that a little part of me deep inside was secretly happy he didn’t like them because it meant I could eat them all myself?
Sweet & Spicy Baked Carrot Fries
1 medium carrot
1 tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon brown sugar
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon paprika
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
Salt & pepper to taste
1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Wash and peel your carrot. (Has the image of a snowman with a carrot nose popped into anyone else’s head?)
2. Slice the carrot in half horizontally then slice each half vertically into 4 chunky fries.
3. Melt the butter in the microwave and stir in the sugar, garlic powder, paprika, cayenne, salt and pepper. Add the carrots into the bowl and stir until well-coated.
4. Place the carrots on a greased baking tray and bake for around 20-25 minutes or until lightly brown and crispy.
I’d opt for these over deep-fried potato fries any day.
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