Baked Carrots with Smoked Almonds and Dried Cranberries
  1. Heat oven to 400.
  2. The smoked almonds are critical to this recipe. If you cannot find smoked almonds you can use other smoked nuts, but the smoky flavor helps balance the sweet/tart cranberries.
  3. Spread carrots out in a pan. Drizzle with olive oil and then toss to coat. Drizzle with honey or brown sugar. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Pull the thyme leaves off the sprigs and distribute the leaves over carrots.
  4. Add cranberries and bake the carrots for 20-40 minutes. This is a very big range but it depends on how you like your carrots. I like them to still be crisp, so 20 is good for me, but some people prefer soft vegetables, so cook up to 40 minutes. I test after 20.
  5. When you remove the carrots from the oven, sprinkle the smoked almonds on top and serve.