They may seem like an ordinary pantry staple, but carrots take a walk on the wild side in these clever desserts, casseroles, and side dishes.
August 28, 2010
1 of 9Photo: Lee Harrelson; Styling: Virginia Houston
Thinking Beyond Crudité
Available year-round, carrots are one of those versatile vegetables that can be fixed any number of different ways. But roasting, braising, or slow sautéing brings out even more of this vitamin A-rich vegetable's natural sweetness. Kitchen tip: don't store near apples, which give off a gas that makes carrots bitter.
2 of 9Photo: Miki Duisterhof
Roasted Spiced Carrots
Roasted Spiced Carrots Recipe While roasting brings out the sweetness in carrots, this easy make-ahead side goes one step further to blend sweet and savory flavors. Large chunks of carrot are roasted with olive oil, cumin, and cinnamon and then tossed with raisins and parsley. Substitute baby carrots if you'd like.
3 of 9Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Dan Becker
Caramelized Carrot Risotto
Caramelized Carrot Risotto Recipe It's made the traditional way, but this risotto hits some extraordinary flavor notes, mainly because of two not-so-common risotto ingredients. One is creamy sweet mascarpone cheese. The other is carrots, slow cooked in a butter-oil bath until their sugars caramelize.
4 of 9Photo: Marcus Nilsson
Poached Scallops with Leeks and Carrots
Poached Scallops with Leeks and Carrots Recipe Pairing scallops with root vegetables like leeks and carrots may seem odd, but in reality these ingredients truly bring out the best in each other. The carrots add a delicious crunch that perfectly balances the tender, meaty scallops.
5 of 9Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross
Carrot Cake Pancakes
Carrot Cake Pancakes Recipe These cakey flapjacks feature warm spices and bright carrot flavor. Our lightened version calls for low-fat buttermilk and a small dab of honey butter.
Carrot Macaroni and Cheese Recipe Put a healthy twist on macaroni and cheese with this unique casserole. Toss a carrot sauce with pasta, orange zest, tarragon, and cheddar cheese.
7 of 9Becky Luigart-Stayner; Melanie J. Clarke
Spiced Braised Carrots with Olives and Mint
Spiced Braised Carrots with Olives and Mint Recipe Transform carrots into an exotic, boldly-flavored Moroccan side dish by braising them with mint, cinnamon, garlic, red pepper, coriander, honey, and lemon. To finish the dish, add oil-cured black olives and a splash of oil and vinegar.
8 of 9Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Dan Becker
Inside-out Carrot Cakes
Inside-out Carrot Cakes Recipe Fun and portable, this easy dessert stuffs sweet cream cheese icing between two flat cylinders of spiced carrot cake. They're perfect for lunch boxes, picnics, or church bake sales.