All it takes is a little Za'atar seasoning and some labne to turn carrots from bland to wow in this Za'atar Roasted Carrots with Labne. Roasted carrots are such an easy side dish and they get even sweeter when roasted! Everyone loves these!
Roasted Carrots are so Delicious!
I have to admit, when contemplating what to make for a side dish, carrots are definitely flying under my radar. I'm always looking for something exciting and carrots just don't seem to be trending. They're not kale or quinoa or whatever new superfood we are eating this week.
They've been around forever. We even had them when I was a kid, which we know makes them ancient.
But I'll tell you what, we never had them like this! I am sure my grandmother never heard of Za'atar or labne. This Za'atar Roasted Carrots with Labne couldn't be any easier, and it is amazing! My husband was out of town, so I actually ate these for 3 days in a row and I could have kept on eating them, they are that good!
This will become your favorite roasted carrots recipe!
What is Za'atar?
If you've never experimented with Za'atar or labne before, let me tell you a little about them. Za'atar is a middle eastern spice blend. It is usually made with some combination of thyme, sumac, salt and sesame seeds. Some variations include oregano, marjoram, or cumin. I found mine at a wonderful farmer's market in Atlanta.
If you can't find it, you can follow my link above to Amazon, or you can make your own Simple Authentic Za'atar.
What is Labne?
Labne or labneh is a soft cream cheese that is made from strained yogurt. I found mine at Earth Fare, but I also plan on making my own using this Yogurt Strainer.
Za'atar Roasted Carrots with Labne
This was so good. Dipping the spiced carrots into the yogurt cheese gave you the perfect combination of sweet carrots, earthy spiciness, and tartness from the cheese. This is definitely my new favorite way to eat carrots. I found it in an old issue of Cooking Light.
If you bought carrots with pretty green tops - save them and make this Carrot Top Pesto!
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Za’atar Roasted Carrots with Labne
- Preheat the oven to 425.
- In a large bowl, toss the carrots with 4 teaspoons of the oil. Add the za'atar, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, salt, and cumin. Toss to evenly coat the carrots. Arrange the carrots in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake for 18 minutes or until tender and lightly browned, stirring every so often.
- Return carrots to the bowl and drizzle with the lemon juice.
- Serve carrots with labne. Drizzle with the remaining olive oil and a fresh grating of black pepper and sprinkle on the fresh parsley.