Recipe: Roast carrots with sage, thyme, crispy shallots and crumbled feta

Complement the natural sweetness of carrots with this beautifully savoury serving suggestion.


1kg bunched carrots
100g salted butter
2 garlic gloves, crushed or chopped
30g sage
30g thyme
300g banana shallots, peeled and sliced
100g feta cheese
30g toasted pine kernels


  1. Melt the butter in a pan and add the chopped garlic, sliced shallots and sage leaves.
  2. Remove the thyme leaves from their stalks and add the leaves to the pan.
  3. Remove the tops from the carrots, leaving 2cm of the stalk. Rather than peel, give them a gentle clean and wash using a new scouring pad.
  4. Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil.
  5. Add in the carrots and boil for two minutes.
  6. Remove, then add to a large bowl containing the melted butter, sliced shallots, chopped thyme, garlic and sage leaves. Mix together.
  7. Place evenly onto a baking tray/tin with sides and roast in a pre-heated oven at 200°C (400°F or gas mark 6) for 15 minutes.
  8. Remove from the oven and place in a suitable serving dish. Carefully pour the butter back over the carrots, trying not to drown the crispy shallots.
  9. Finish with crumbled feta and toasted pine kernels.

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