Crispy Parmesan Ranch Smashed Carrots

Background and History

Crispy Parmesan Ranch Smashed Carrots are a delightful twist on a classic vegetable, transforming humble carrots into a savory, crispy sensation. Originating from the creative realms of modern cuisine, this dish combines the earthy sweetness of carrots with the bold flavors of Parmesan and ranch, creating a perfect side dish that marries simplicity with culinary innovation.

Ingredients

Carrots

1 pound, peeled and trimmed.

Olive Oil

3 tablespoons.

Parmesan Cheese

1/2 cup, grated.

Ranch Seasoning Mix

2 tablespoons.

Garlic Powder

1 teaspoon.

Salt and Black Pepper

To taste.

Fresh Parsley

Chopped, for garnish (optional).

Serves

4

Time

Preparation Time

15 minutes

Cooking Time

25 minutes

Total Time

Approximately 40 minutes

Instructions

Preheat the Oven

Preheat your oven to 425°F (218°C).

Boil Carrots

Boil the peeled and trimmed carrots in a pot of salted water until they are just tender, about 10-12 minutes.

Drain and Cool

Drain the carrots and let them cool slightly.

Arrange on Baking Sheet

Place the boiled carrots on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Smash the Carrots

Using a fork or potato masher, gently smash each carrot to flatten slightly.

Drizzle with Olive Oil

Drizzle the smashed carrots with olive oil.

Season with Parmesan and Ranch

Sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese and ranch seasoning mix over the carrots.

Add garlic powder, salt, and black pepper to taste.

Bake

Bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes or until the edges are crispy and golden.

Garnish and Serve

Remove from the oven and garnish with chopped fresh parsley if desired.

Nutrition Facts

(Values may vary based on specific ingredients and variations)

Calories: ~150 per serving

Fat: ~10g

Carbohydrates: ~10g

Protein: ~5g

Notes

Adjust seasoning quantities based on personal preferences.

Experiment with different varieties of Parmesan for varied flavors.

Serve as a side dish or a tasty snack.

Allergy Warning

Check ingredient labels for potential allergens, especially in seasoning mixes.

Customize the recipe to accommodate specific dietary restrictions or allergies.

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