Originally I made these carrot fries as a side dish for dinner one night. I tend to reach for sweet potatoes or white potatoes when making fries, but there are a lot of different vegetables that we can use.
I wasn’t planning on sharing this recipe or particularly spending any great amount of time developing it – but the final result was delicious and I couldn’t help by share!
My husband, who is a tried-and-true white potato fry man, asks for these!
I’ve been trying to cut back on the carbs a little and in an effort not to have sweet potatoes every night, I saw a bag of carrots at the grocery store and decided to try something different.
The garlic rosemary combo only seemed natural. In the end, we had a killer side dish that I couldn’t help but share with you.
These can be made vegan… or not.
I’ve gotten in the habit of pouring leftover bacon drippings into a mason jar and storing it with my oils. Partly because I don’t want the grease to find its way into my septic, but also because you never know when you can use a little bacon grease.
I never used to cook with it – until I made the swoodles from NomNom Paleo – but over the years I have gotten more adventurous and have found that it can add the perfect depth of flavor to an otherwise boring dish.
So, if you’re like me and have a little bacon grease lying around, give it a try, you won’t regret it!
Paleo Rosemary Carrot FriesDifficulty: Easy
2 lb carrots, peeled and cut into french fry shape, approx 1/2″ thick
2TB avocado oil or leftover bacon grease
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
2 Tb fresh rosemary or 1 Tb dried
1/2 tsp garlic powder
- Preheat oven to 400*F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper
- Mix all ingredients in a large bowl and arrange in a single layer on prepared baking dish. Make sure the carrots aren’t touching – this will help avoid soggy fries!
- Bake for 15 mins, then rotate baking sheet and flip carrot fries. Repeat after another 15 minutes.
- The carrots can cook quickly. So start checking (and flipping) them every 8-10 minutes until they reach desired doneness. Mine usually go for a full 45 minutes.
- Sprinkle with additional salt to taste.
- Remove from oven and transfer to a serving dish. Enjoy warm with your favorite dip (I love them with ranch!)
- Want a little extra flair? Top with crumbled bacon before serving!