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5 Creative Ways To Cook With Carrots

5 Creative Ways To Cook With Carrots

Carrots are going center-stage at restaurants these days! That’s because this humble root vegetable is not only an excellent source of nutrition, but is also much more versatile than you might imagine.

The health benefits of carrots are well documented: they are an excellent source of vitamin A, as well as a good source of potassium, vitamins C and B6, copper, folic acid, thiamine and magnesium. And you’ll also find, in smaller amounts, essential oils, carbohydrates and nitrogenous composites.

Carrots are of course delicious: not the old, stringy ones, but the sweet, crunchy kind that are at their best right now, in the fall.

How do you like to eat your carrots? Do you crunch on them raw? Cover them in some tasty onion dip? Break out the juicer to prepare some delicious carrot juice? Add them to your favorite salad? Or maybe get fancier and bake a carrot cake?

These are all excellent ways to consume carrots, but did you know that across the country, restaurants are experimenting with new ways to prepare carrots?

From The New York Times:

Carrots, those little spark plugs in a salad or a stew, have suddenly become an engine driving restaurant menus. Chefs across the country are showcasing handsome, meaty specimens in a rainbow of colors, dressed and garnished without a sliver of meat or fish. Well, maybe a touch of bacon.

“People are feeling more comfortable with having something like carrots in the center of the plate,” said Dan Kluger, the executive chef at ABC Kitchen in New York, where a salad of roasted carrots and avocado has become one of his most popular, and imitated, dishes.

Troy Guard, the chef and owner of TAG in Denver, makes a carrot taco that puts the root vegetable through its paces, with a carrot tortilla and a filling of braised carrots, a salad of raw carrots and cilantro, and guacamole.

In case you’re still not convinced, here are some more recipes using carrots that you may not have considered:

And more from The New York Times:

At the Boston restaurant Clio, Ken Oringer is serving an entree of heirloom carrots cooked in goat butter and topped with hay that is then ignited. At Stella Rossa Pizza Bar in Santa Monica, Calif., Jeff Mahin salt-roasts carrots, as one might a fish, and dresses them with a Burgundy-mustard vinaigrette, a dish that customers often order to share along with pizza, as a main course.

Have fun experimenting with some new recipes! A final tip: keep all the nutrients in your carrots by scrubbing them, rather than peeling them.

 

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3:13AM PDT on May 2, 2014

Thank you

3:13AM PDT on May 2, 2014

Thank you

1:38PM PST on Dec 11, 2012

we LOVE carrots, but my son is allergic. So much so that we don't keep them in the house

8:54AM PST on Dec 6, 2012

Thank you Judy, for Sharing this!

3:14AM PST on Nov 19, 2012

Thank you for the delicious recipes.

6:15PM PST on Nov 12, 2012

thnks

2:53AM PST on Nov 12, 2012

These recipes sound delicious.

4:49PM PST on Nov 11, 2012

Carrots are really good have many health benefits. Thanks Judy.

11:29AM PST on Nov 11, 2012

I have had the carrot & red Pepper soup and it is very good> you can make it as spicy as you like it. Then I make a mean carrot cake but use the golden raisins instead!

5:32AM PST on Nov 11, 2012

Thanks, I love carrots, especially when they been a lil bit cooked.

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