Pick, Mix and Serve: Carrot Puree

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On our recent trip to NYC, almost every dining experience featured a puree of some sort. The kicker was the carrot puree amuse bouche served at Daniel.  It was so delicious I wanted to pick-up my porcelain ramekin in the middle of that gorgeous dining room and tongue it clean.

I asked the waiter how it was made and he gave me the cliff notes version of the recipe.  You better believe the first thing I tackled in the kitchen when we came home was this puree. I’ve served it with a side of a steak, plated it with a simple garden salad and even made it an amuse bouche for my family while they were waiting for dinner to be ready. In all incarnations, it’s welcomed and devoured.

carrot puree with salad

Carrots are so intensely sweet right now that you don’t need to do much to make a delicious puree.  Every time I’ve served this, people think its butternut squash. It’s great to take something so ordinary and transform it into a beautiful showstopper on the plate.

Carrot Puree

Serves 4

6 small carrots, preferably organic

You’ll find them in a bunch, bound with a rubber band and stems still attached. For me, the best carrots this season have come from Whole Foods. I like to pick smaller sized carrots; in the winter months they tend to be the sweetest.

 

carrot puree

Give the carrots a good scrub with a brush, no need to peel.

Next, cut the carrots into 1-2 inch pieces, place in medium size saucepan, covering with about 2 cups of water.

 

Add:

1 tsp of salt and bring to boil on medium high heat.

Reduce to simmer and continue to cook about 13-15 minutes, until fork tender.

Strain carrots, reserving the cooking liquid

Puree in a blender (I love my Vitamix!) with 1 tablespoon heavy cream and 1/4 cup of the cooking liquid.  Add a bit more water and or cream if it seems too dry. Puree until smooth.

 

carrot puree

A few serving ideas:

As an appetizer with sliced spiced almonds and a sprig of dill.

As an accompaniment to a dressed salad.

As a layer of flavor underneath your favorite protein.

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4 thoughts on “Pick, Mix and Serve: Carrot Puree”

WOW, that is great to add to anything, and so good for you. Carrots are always cheap, so why not use them? Always in soups and any stir fries, and my hubby takes them to work to munch on, and he is slim at 63. Thanks again, and I am envious of your planting greens already, so cold here!!

Thanks!! Never would have thought of this! Serving Steaks tomorrow so I’m going have a little carrot puree with it. Whole foods here I come!

Wow. I can’t believe it, I haven’t been on the computer for a week, bad weather, hubby home, etc. I am thrilled, even though my comments were kinda negative, only about the cost. What do you need to know?

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