Sweet, a little smoky, and a lot addicting, these carrot fries please adults and kids alike. Serve with hummus for a well-rounded - and utterly delicious - snack.
1poundabout 6-7 medium carrots, peeled and cut into approx. 4-inch x 1/2-inch strips
1/4teaspooncoarse saltplus more to taste
Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
In a large bowl, add carrots and top with olive oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and the smoked paprika and cayenne pepper if using. Toss until spices are well-distributed.
Pour carrots onto baking sheet (I line mine with a Sil-pat, but it's also fine without) and bake until carrots are tender and beginning to brown on one or two sides, about 25 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes to ensure even cooking.
Remove from oven and allow to cool for a couple of minutes. Sprinkle with additional salt if desired and serve.