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Roasted Carrots with Beet Purée and Browned Butter

  • Author: Taming of the Spoon
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients

For the beet purée

  • 1 pound medium-size red beets, trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • 1/2 cup grapeseed oil or olive oil (I use olive oil)
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped shallot
  • 2-6 tablespoons water (see Notes)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh cilantro leaves, plus more for garnish
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • Pinch of black pepper

For the roasted carrots

  • 2 pounds small multicolored carrots (see Notes)
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, plus more to taste

For the browned butter

  • 1/2 cup (4 ounces) cold unsalted butter, diced
  • 1/2 cup hazelnuts or almond slivers, toasted and crushed (I use almonds)
  • 3 tablespoons sherry vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

For serving

  • 4 ounces goat cheese

Instructions

For the beet purée

  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Peel and wash the beets and then cut them in half or quarters (depending on size) so they are uniform in size.
  3. Place beets on a rimmed baking sheet. Toss beets with olive oil and 1/2 teaspoon salt. 
  4. Roast in preheated oven until tender when pierced, about 20-30 minutes. Let cool about 15 minutes. 
  5. In a blender, place grapeseed (or olive) oil, shallots, 3 tablespoons water, cilantro, vinegar, and remaining 3/4 teaspoon salt. Process until blended, about 5 seconds. Add beets, and process until desired smoothness, stopping to scrape down sides as needed. Add additional water as needed to get a semi-smooth purée. Stir in black pepper.

For the roasted carrots

  1. Increase oven temperature to 450 degrees F.
  2. Remove tops from carrots, reserving 1/4 cup for garnish if desired. Discard remaining tops or reserve for another use.
  3. Cut any large carrots in half so they are all roughly the same size.
  4. Spread the carrots in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Toss carrots with olive oil, salt, and pepper. 
  5. Roast in preheated oven until carrots are browned in spots and tender, about 20 minutes, stirring once halfway through cooking.

For the browned butter

  1. While carrots roast, melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Continue cooking, stirring often, until butter browns and smells nutty, 5-10 minutes.
  2. Remove butter from heat, and let cool 1 minute. Stir in hazelnuts (or almonds), sherry vinegar, lemon juice, and salt and pepper to taste. Be careful when doing this as the vinegar and lemon juice will cause the hot butter to foam up momentarily.

For serving

  1. Spread a generous dollop of beet puree in the center of a large salad plate. Arrange some carrots on top and drizzle with about 1 tablespoon of browned butter. Crumble or shave some goat cheese over the carrots. Then garnish with cilantro leaves and reserved carrot tops. Repeat with remaining servings.

Notes

The original recipe called for adding some water and covering the beets with foil when roasting them. I prefer to roast the beets uncovered for a deeper flavor.  This does dry out the beets a bit more thus the need for the extra water. My blender also isn’t super powerful so I need the extra liquid to get the purée smooth. I blend it until it is the consistency of hummus.

The original recipe called for 1 1/2 pounds of carrots with tops. The tops are mostly used as garnish so don’t worry if you can’t find carrots with tops. I also found that 1 1/2 pounds didn’t yield enough roasted carrots for my taste. The 2 pounds of carrots stated in the recipe is 2 pounds without tops.

Recipe adapted from Food and Wine, January 2019.