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Ombré Citrus Roasted Carrot Skewers {Beard and Bonnet} #glutenfree #vegan option

Ombré Citrus Roasted Carrot Skewers

I love the idea of throwing an extravagant holiday party complete with decorations, play lists, and a table full of tapas (That’s fancy speak for finger food!) as much as anyone else. My problem is that like most of you I have busy kids, a job, a couple of four legged companions, and a never ending “to-do” list that takes all the fun out of planning a party like that. A lot of times when I search for ideas for party worthy finger foods the recipes I find are just WAY too complicated for me to pull off with my schedule and attention span. So for the past few weeks I have been busy brainstorming new, easy recipes for entertaining during the holidays for busy folks like us. 

Ombré Citrus Roasted Carrot Skewers {Beard and Bonnet} #glutenfree #vegan option

Ombré Citrus Roasted Carrot Skewers

I have quite a few recipes coming your way over the next few weeks worthy of a place at your holiday gathering or maybe even just a romantic dinner for two with tapas and wine, but I think that this one is my favorite so far! Todd actually came up with the idea of an ombré carrot dish when he saw me working on a fancy version of oven baked potato chips that I will be sharing later this week. Since I just happened to have a bag full of colorful carrots in the fridge I decided to give his idea a whirl. 

Ombré Citrus Roasted Carrot Skewers {Beard and Bonnet} #glutenfree #vegan option

Ombré Citrus Roasted Carrot Skewers

These carrots would be beautiful served at the table in their baking dish or transformed into small bites for guests by threading them onto skewers. We tested this batch of citrus and thyme roasted carrots with roasted garlic hummus and it was an insanely good combination. I used store bought hummus to cut down on the amount of prep time needed to create this dish for a party and spruced it up with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and cracked black pepper. Your guests will NEVER know you took a shortcut with the hummus I promise. 

Ombré Citrus Roasted Carrot Skewers {Beard and Bonnet} #glutenfree #vegan option

Ombré Citrus Roasted Carrot Skewers

Ombré Citrus Roasted Carrot Skewers (Gluten Free and Vegan Option)
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Ingredients
  • 4-6 large colorful carrots, I used 2 large dark orange, 2 large light orange, and 1 large yellow carrot.
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter, melted Earth Balance, or olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed orange juice
  • Zest from 1 orange
  • 2-3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • kosher salt to taste.
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 450° F with an oven rack in the center position. Lightly brush the bottom of a large baking dish with 1 tablespoon of the melted butter or olive oil and set aside.
  2. Wash and peel the carrots then slice thinly with a mandoline so that all of your carrot rounds are similar in size. Mine were about ¼-inch thick to begin with, remember they shrink in the oven so if you slice them paper thin you will not have anything left to work with.Line the sliced carrots in the baking dish however you would like for the pattern to be. (My pattern was dark orange, light orange, yellow, light orange, dark orange.) There is no wrong or right make the pattern however you would like.
  3. Mix the orange juice with the remaining butter and drizzle over the top of the arranged carrots. Sprinkle coarse salt to taste over the top of the dish along with the orange zest and thyme leaves. Roast in the oven for 25-30 minutes depending on the thickness of your carrot slices.
  4. Serve in the baking dish at the table or thread onto skewers once they have cooled slightly along side a dish of hummus for dipping at a party. Serve warm.
Notes
It's hard to put a serving amount on this particular recipe due to varying sizes in carrots you could use and how thick or thin you slice them before roasting. A large baking dish (13 x 9) should feed 4-6 people as a side dish or make 15-20 skewers.
Ombré Citrus Roasted Carrot Skewers {Beard and Bonnet} #glutenfree #vegan option

Ombré Citrus Roasted Carrot Skewers

We would love to hear all of your holiday entertaining tips, easy recipes for gatherings, and time saving shortcuts! Leave us a comment below filling us in on all of your entertaining secrets. 

Ombré Citrus Roasted Carrot Skewers {Beard and Bonnet} #glutenfree #vegan option

Ombré Citrus Roasted Carrot Skewers

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Comments

  1. Barbara

    These are so beautiful! Just wondering, how do you eat them? Take them off the skewer and use a fork to dip into the hummus?

    • Meg

      Barbara, Thank you! When we served them at our party we used cocktail picks, so they weren’t very long. Guests dished hummus onto their own plates and swiped the picks through. Others pulled them off of the picks and ate them with forks. I have also just served the carrots in a casserole dish as a side instead of threading them onto the picks.

    • Meg

      Thanks Sharon! I have never frozen the recipe, so I am unsure if it will work that way. If you try it let me know how it turns out.

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Meg van der Kruik is the writer, mother, photographer, designer, cook and creative spirit behind This Mess is Ours. After her infant son was diagnosed with a gluten allergy, she dedicated herself to learning to make meals the whole family would love. It’s a bit of a mess – cooking for a vegetarian and three meat-eaters with a range of gluten + dairy sensitivities, but she manages to bring them together every night around their little family table.