Yakityak's Roasted Garlic Carrots

This is a recipe that I do entirely "by feel", but I've been asked so many times for the recipe that I am taking a stab at writing it down. So just know that everything you read below is adjustable in terms of quantities.

What is not adjustable is the need to roast these as a single layer. Please don't try and speed things up by piling the carrots on top of each other. It doesn't result in the same dish. You just have to suck it up and do this in batches on multiple cookie sheets. I'm sorry, it's just the price to be paid. And having a convection oven does help speed things up considerably.

Be aware that the carrots cook down quite a bit. Odds are, you will need more than you think you do. 5 lbs. doesn't make a huge quantity.

Preheat oven to 400 F. If you have the option to convection bake, do that.

Toss the carrots, cilantro and garlic in a very large metal bowl. Wash your hands very well. I sprinkle a starting amount of salt into the bowl - probably about a tablespoon's worth, and then start adding the EV olive oil straight from the bottle with my left hand as I toss the contents with my right. You want everything to be well coated without soaking in the oil. Once it's well mixed, I will scrape off some of the oil/salt on my hand onto a spoon to taste for salt. I add more salt if I think it needs it, again mixing with my hand to really distribute it well. Check for taste and repeat as needed.

Line several cookie sheets with aluminum foil (for easy clean up). If the sheets don't have a lip, make one out of the foil so that the oil does not drip off the sheet in the oven and set off your smoke alarm. Fill the sheet with a single layer of the carrot/cilantro/garlic mixture. You can fill the sheet to the edge because the carrots will shrink as they cook. Place the carrots in the top half of the oven.

Set a timer for 20 minutes and turn and flip the carrots as needed. Each batch will take a minimum of 40 minutes to roast completely. You want the carrots to blacken considerably - part of their charm is that the carrots are completely caramelized. Once finished, remove the carrots to a bowl and start the next batch.

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