Roasted Potatoes & Carrots

Roasted Potatoes & Carrots

Do I realy need to explain this one?
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American


  • 1 cutting board
  • 1 boiling pot
  • 1 kitchen knife
  • 1 strainer
  • 1 roasting pan
  • 2 nesting mixing bowls Make sure one can fit inside the other upside down so you can use these to toss the potatoes and carrots with the butter in the spice mix.


  • 2 lbs yukon gold small potatoes
  • 1 lb carrots
  • 1-2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/8 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1/8 tsp fennel
  • 1/8 tsp brown sugar
  • 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes (if desired)
  • 1/8 tsp MSG
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp cracked black pepper


  • Preheat oven to 375 F.
  • Peel carrots & slice into discs or sticks.
  • Cut potatoes into 1/4ths or 1/8ths, around 1" x 1" pieces.
  • Put potatoes and carrots into boiling pot.
  • Add bay leaves to water.
  • Boil for 5-7 minutes, until a fork slides into a potato piece with minor resistance.
  • Pour potatoes & carrots through the strainer.
  • Melt the butter and add the spices to it (except for the salt and black pepper). Let the spices steep in the hot butter.
  • Empty the strainer onto the roasting pan and let the vegetables steam out.
  • When the steaming stops, move the vegetables from the roasting pan into a mixing bowl.
  • Pour the spice-sugar-butter mixture over the vegetables. Put one mixing bowl upside down inside the other, and shake them together to toss the vegetables in the butter mix.
  • Empty the potatoes & carrots back onto the roasting tray.
  • Sprinkle the salt and crack the black pepper over the top of the veggies before putting them in the oven.
  • Roast at 375 F for about 90 minutes, or until they brown up and look nicely roasted.
  • Alternatively, roast for about an hour until browning just starts, then finish in an air fryer at 390 F for 5-6 minutes.


The point of the alternative air-fryer finishing method is to make these easy to reheat for future servings. If you stop the roasting a little early, then you can finish it later in the air fryer without overcooking them.
If you’re making batches to be eaten later, stop it early and finish with the air fryer, but if you’re eating all of them (or most of them) right away, just finish them in the oven.