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Roasted Carrot and Garlic Spread Recipe: A Healthy Appetizer

Budget-Friendly Roasted Carrot and Garlic Spread Recipe: A Healthy Appetizer

I haven’t always loved carrots. They have a sharp taste when raw, and I think I probably ate too many of them at some point. But roasted on a bed of yogurt and caramelized onions? Oh dear, just heaven. I have slowly fallen in love with carrots again, and this recipe doesn’t disappoint. It is so easy to make and so cheap! I don’t have an oven at the moment, but caramelizing the onions and adding the carrots and garlic in a pot also works wonderfully. I even add a dash of cayenne and play around with different flavours.

If you are looking for a delicious, healthy, and budget-friendly appetizer to add to your recipe collection? Look no further! This Roasted Carrot and Garlic Spread is the perfect blend of flavours and textures, and it won’t break the bank. Made with simple ingredients, this spread is not only easy to prepare but also incredibly versatile. Whether you’re serving it at a party, enjoying it as a snack, or using it as a sandwich spread, this recipe is sure to become a favourite.

Carrot and garlic spread in jars

Why You Should Make This Recipe

This Roasted Carrot and Garlic Spread is a fantastic addition to any meal. Carrots are packed with vitamins and minerals, and when roasted, they develop a natural sweetness that pairs perfectly with the rich, savoury flavour of roasted garlic. This spread is not only nutritious but also incredibly affordable, making it a great option for those looking to eat well on a budget. Plus, the simplicity of the ingredients and the ease of preparation make this recipe accessible for cooks of all skill levels.

Carrot and garlic spread ingredients

What It Tastes Like

The combination of roasted carrots and garlic creates a beautifully balanced flavour profile. The carrots bring a natural sweetness, while the garlic adds a deep, robust flavour. The addition of onion and paprika enhances the savoury notes, and the olive oil and butter provide a creamy, luxurious texture. Seasoned with salt and pepper, this spread is a delightful mix of sweet, savoury, and slightly smoky flavours.

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • 8 carrots: The star of the show, carrots are not only affordable but also incredibly nutritious. Their natural sweetness shines through when roasted.
  • 6-10 garlic cloves: Roasting garlic mellows its sharpness and brings out a rich, almost buttery flavour that complements the carrots perfectly.
  • 1 onion: Adds a subtle sweetness and depth of flavour to the spread.
  • Butter: Provides a rich, creamy texture and enhances the overall flavour.
  • Salt and pepper: Essential for seasoning and bringing out the best in all the ingredients.
  • 3 tbsp olive oil: Helps to roast the vegetables and adds a smooth, luscious quality to the spread.
  • 100 ml water: Used to achieve the desired consistency.
  • Paprika: Adds a smoky, slightly spicy note that elevates the flavour profile.

Carrot and garlic spread in jars and ciabatta bread

How to Make Roasted Carrot and Garlic Spread

Step 1: Preheat Your Oven

Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). This ensures that your carrots and garlic will roast evenly and develop a beautiful caramelized flavour.

Step 2: Prepare the Vegetables

Peel and chop the carrots into medium-sized pieces. Peel the garlic cloves and slice the onion. Place the carrots, garlic, and onion on a baking sheet.

Step 3: Season and Roast

Drizzle the olive oil over the vegetables, and sprinkle with salt, pepper, and paprika. Toss everything together to ensure the vegetables are evenly coated. Roast in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until the carrots are tender and slightly caramelized.

Step 4: Blend the Ingredients

Once the vegetables are roasted, transfer them to a blender or food processor. Add the butter and water, and blend until smooth. You can adjust the consistency by adding more water if necessary.

Step 5: Taste and Adjust

Taste the spread and adjust the seasoning with more salt, pepper, or paprika if needed. The spread should be creamy and well-balanced, with a nice blend of sweet, savory, and smoky flavours.

Serving Suggestions

This Roasted Carrot and Garlic Spread is incredibly versatile. Serve it as a dip with fresh vegetables or crackers, spread it on toast or sandwiches, or use it as a topping for grilled meats or vegetables. The possibilities are endless!

Carrot and Garlic spread

Health Benefits

Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, fiber, vitamin K1, potassium, and antioxidants. Garlic is known for its immune-boosting properties and potential to reduce blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Together, these ingredients create a nutritious spread that is both delicious and good for you.

Fun Facts About Carrots and Garlic

  • Carrots were originally grown for their aromatic leaves and seeds, not their roots.
  • There are over 100 different varieties of carrots, ranging in color from orange to purple, red, yellow, and white.
  • Garlic has been used for its medicinal properties for thousands of years and was even used as a natural remedy during the times of ancient civilizations.

Carrot and garlic spread in jars and ciabatta bread

Final Thoughts

This Budget-Friendly Roasted Carrot and Garlic Spread is a must-try recipe for anyone looking to add a delicious, healthy, and affordable dish to their repertoire. With its simple ingredients and easy preparation, it’s a perfect choice for any occasion. Give it a try, and enjoy the delightful flavours and health benefits of this fantastic spread!

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Recipe

AuthorGypsyCategory, DifficultyBeginner

I never know what to do with carrots. I love this recipe as it is easy and cheap. And it actually tastes amazing. Buttery, smooth and perfect on fresh ciabatta bread.

Carrot and Garlic spread

Prep Time10 minsCook Time20 minsTotal Time30 mins

 8 Large Carrots
 6 Garlic Cloves
 1 Large Onion
 1 tsp Smoked Paprika
 3 tbsp Olive oil
 2 tbsp Butter
 Sea Salt + Pepper to taste

1

Peel the carrots and slice them into coin sized pieces.

Carrot and garlic spread ingredients

2

Fry the onion over low heat with a little bit of sea salt to get them a little caramelised. they are ready after about 10 minutes and they are slightly browned.

Carrot and garlic spread in a pan

3

Add the carrots and garlic and fry them until the carrots are cooked and a little brown on the edges. Add paprika, salt and pepper to taste. You can add a teaspoon of honey as well and some cayenne pepper as well.

Carrot and garlic spread with fried onions

4

Add a little bit of water and blend the carrot mixture until smooth.

Carrot and Garlic spread

5

Add the mixture to a jars and enjoy! 🙂

Carrot and garlic spread in jars

Ingredients

 8 Large Carrots
 6 Garlic Cloves
 1 Large Onion
 1 tsp Smoked Paprika
 3 tbsp Olive oil
 2 tbsp Butter
 Sea Salt + Pepper to taste

Directions

1

Peel the carrots and slice them into coin sized pieces.

Carrot and garlic spread ingredients

2

Fry the onion over low heat with a little bit of sea salt to get them a little caramelised. they are ready after about 10 minutes and they are slightly browned.

Carrot and garlic spread in a pan

3

Add the carrots and garlic and fry them until the carrots are cooked and a little brown on the edges. Add paprika, salt and pepper to taste. You can add a teaspoon of honey as well and some cayenne pepper as well.

Carrot and garlic spread with fried onions

4

Add a little bit of water and blend the carrot mixture until smooth.

Carrot and Garlic spread

5

Add the mixture to a jars and enjoy! 🙂

Carrot and garlic spread in jars

Roasted Carrot and Garlic Spread

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14 Comments

  • Reply
    Nicole M
    June 1, 2024 at 11:07 am

    This looks so yummy! Will have to try this week. I LOVE carrots 🥕

    • Reply
      Gypsy
      June 1, 2024 at 11:24 am

      Thank you so much Nicole. This recipe is so healthy and will be good for your kiddies too. 🙂

  • Reply
    M Taylor
    June 1, 2024 at 11:22 am

    This sounds like a very healthy alternative to the commercial dips I sometimes buy! And it always sounds quite tasty!

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    Kevin Foodie
    June 1, 2024 at 11:28 am

    This is a very creative way to use carrots; pefect as a snack for children and adults alike. Roasting vegetables like carrots brings out their natural sweetness. On my blog I roasted carrots with cinnamon butter recipe. Your recipe inspires me to turn it into a spread or dip. Thank you for sharing.

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    Kelly
    June 1, 2024 at 11:29 am

    On my! I love roasted carrots so I’m going to make this recipe.

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    Debbie
    June 1, 2024 at 12:49 pm

    This roasted carrot spread sounds delicious. I love carrots and can’t wait to try this recipe as a yummy and healthy appetizer.

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    Jaishree
    June 1, 2024 at 1:00 pm

    This roasted carrot and garlic spread looks absolutely delicious! I love finding healthy appetizer recipes that are both flavorful and easy to make. Can’t wait to try this out at my next gathering. Thank you for sharing!

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    Carolyn M
    June 1, 2024 at 1:10 pm

    I am going to try this. How much does it make, I’ll need to scale back the recipe for sure. Also you mention you don’t have an oven neither do I in Costa Rica- can you share your stovetop directions?

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    Santhi
    June 1, 2024 at 3:10 pm

    This is a creative, healthy dip. I will have to try it. Thanks for sharing.

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    Jodie Rix
    June 1, 2024 at 3:47 pm

    I’m trying to adopt a more plant-based diet and I’m always looking for inspiration. Anything will garlic is my guilty pleasure haha! Thank you for sharing.

  • Reply
    Pradnya
    June 2, 2024 at 7:35 am

    Love the recipe! So simple yet I am sure it adds can lift up any sandwhich when added to. Will definitely try it. Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply
    Lauren Maker
    June 2, 2024 at 5:28 pm

    This looks absolutely delicious! Got to try this!!

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    Kristine
    June 4, 2024 at 1:57 pm

    I can’t wait to try this-I can’t eat dairy or the dairy substitutes and I’m always on the lookout for new spreads ands sauces. Ty!

  • Reply
    Rosie
    June 8, 2024 at 3:05 pm

    Looks and sounds amazing! A great way to eat carrots. Would love to try this.

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