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For the smashed beets and carrots: Wash and scrub the beets and carrots as necessary to remove any dirt; do not peel.
Take a large pot and place the beets inside with the olive oil, red wine vinegar and bay leaves. Add cold water to cover the tops of the beets. Place over medium to medium-high heat and cook until the beets are tender when pierced with a fork, 25 to 40 minutes depending on the size of the beets. Drain and set aside to cool.
Toss the carrots with some grapeseed oil, salt and pepper in a separate bowl.
Heat a large griddle or cast-iron pan with some grapeseed oil over medium-high heat. Place the carrots and smashed beets on the griddle, lower the heat to medium and cook until brown on the bottom and the edges caramelize, 15 to 20 minutes. Then flip and repeat until the carrots are tender and the beets are caramelized and brown on the edges.
Transfer the carrots and beets to a large bowl. Check for seasoning and adjust with salt and pepper as needed. Drizzle with some good-quality olive oil to finish, and toss in the garlic chips and thyme.
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