Carrots

Recipe List:
Garden Fresh Carrot Muffins
Carrot Turnip Fluff
Fall Vegetable Stir Fry
Roasted Root Vegetable Medley
Beet and Carrot Pancakes
Carrot and Zucchini Latkes
Baked Beet and Carrot Burgers with Brown Rice, Sunflower Seeds, and Cheddar Cheese
Pickled Carrots
Glazed Carrot Soup
Carrot Halwa
Sauteed Carrots and Leeks
Carrot Bread with Lemon Glaze
Carrot Ginger Cookies

Garden Fresh Carrot Muffins

Submitted by apprentice Cheryl Kastanowski
A healthy way to start the day!

Ingredients:
1-1/2 cups of granola with almonds
1 egg
1 cup unsifted all purpose flour
1/2 cup milk
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup vegetable or light olive oil
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup finely shredded carrots, lightly packed into measuring cup
1/2 teaspoon ginger

Directions:
Combine granola, flour, baking powder, salt and spices in large bowl. Stir well to blend. Beat egg in a small bowl. Add milk, honey and oil. Mix well.Add liquid ingredients to blended dry ingredients. Stir until all ingredients are moistened. Stir in carrots.

Fill paper-lined or greased muffin-pan cups 2/3 full.

Bake at 400°F for 20-25 minutes. Brush melted butter over tops and sprinkle lightly with turbinado sugar or spread with cream cheese frosting or whipped cream cheese. Serve split with butter while still warm.

Processor Method: These may be made more easily in the food processor. In a bowl, whisk together flour and other dry ingredients. Add honey and liquid ingredients to processor bowl and mix using the metal blade. Switch to grating disk and grate the carrots into the liquid ingredients in the processor bowl. Combine dry ingredients and carrot mixture well and proceed as above.

Makes 1 dozen.

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Carrot Turnip Fluff

Submitted by apprentice Cheryl Kastanowski

Ingredients:
1 lb. carrots, peeled and sliced
1 lg. turnip, peeled and diced
2/3 c. lowfat milk
1 tbsp. butter
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
Salt and white pepper to taste
Shredded carrots
Dash of red pepper (optional)

Directions:
Cook carrots and turnips in boiling salted water for 10 minutes. Drain. Place in blender or food processor while slowly adding milk. Blend in butter, salt and white pepper. Blend until pureed.

Reheat. Transfer to serving dish. Garnish with shredded carrots and dash of red pepper.

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Fall Vegetable Stir Fry

Submitted by apprentice Cheryl Kastanowski, adapted from Harmony Valley

Ingredients:
5 c. cooked spaghetti or other noodles
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 large onion, or equivalen, minced

(Saute vegetable ingredients are all optional and variable.)
Hard vegetables:
Broccoli, chopped into bite-sized pieces
Carrots, sliced into discs

Greens:
Yukina savoy, roughly chopped
Chard, roughly chopped

Protein:
Chicken or fried tofu slices, optional (I used 1/2 pkg. of firm tofu, sliced and fried.)

Stir fry sauce ingredients:
1/4 c. soy sauce
1 1/4 c. water
1 Tbsp. fresh ginger, minced
1 tsp sesame oil
2 Tbsp. dry wine (optional)
3 Tbsp. cornstarch

Directions:
1. Heat 1 Tbsp. oil over medium heat in a large skillet.
2. Once oil is hot, add onion and garlic. Stir-fry for 2 minutes. Meanwhile, combine stir fry sauce ingredients except for cornstarch.
3. Add hard vegetables. Turn heat up to high. Cook until vegetables began to get tender, stirring frequently.
4. Add greens one handful at a time, stirring until they just start to wilt before adding the next handful.
5. Mix 3 Tbsp. cornstarch with 3 Tbsp. water and then add to stir fry sauce. Add sauce to stir-fried veggies and stir to let thicken, about 1 minute.
6. Add cooked spaghetti/noodles and heat through.

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Roasted Root Vegetable Medley

From Food Network

Ingredients:
8 to 12 slender carrots, peeled and trimmed
8 to 12 baby turnips, peeled
6 to 8 fingerling potatoes, scrubbed and cut lengthwise in halves
1 or 2 large parsnips, peeled, trimmed, and cut diagonally into 1-inch-thick slices
1 or 2 medium onions, trimmed, peeled and halved, each 1/2 cut into quarters
1 or 2 large beets, peeled and cut into thick wedges
1 or 2 kohlrabi bulbs, peeled and cut into thick wedges
1 celery root, trimmed and halved, halves cut crosswise into 1-inch-thick slices
1 whole head garlic, separated into cloves, unpeeled
2 or 3 sprigs fresh rosemary, sage, or thyme
Salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Extra-virgin olive oil

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Put all the vegetables and the herb sprigs in a large baking dish. Season well with salt and black pepper, drizzle generously with olive oil, and toss them with your hands to coat them evenly.

Put the baking dish in the preheated oven and cook, stirring the vegetables occasionally, until they are tender and golden brown, about 45 minutes. Serve the vegetables from their baking dish or transfer them to a platter to accompany a roasted main course.

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Beet and Carrot Pancakes

Ingredients:
1 1/3 cups (packed) coarsely shredded peeled beets (from 2 medium)
1 cup coarsely shredded peeled carrots (from 2 medium)
1 cup thinly sliced onion
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup all purpose flour
3 tablespoons olive oil
Low-fat sour cream

Directions:
Preheat oven to 300°F. Place baking sheet in oven. Combine beets, carrots and onion in large bowl. Mix in egg, salt and pepper. Add flour; stir to blend well.

Heat 1 1/2 tablespoons oil in heavy large skillet over medium heat. Using 1/3 cup beet mixture for each pancake, drop 4 pancakes into skillet. Flatten each into 3-inch round. Cook until brown and cooked through, about 4 minutes per side. Transfer pancakes to baking sheet in oven; keep warm. Repeat with remaining beet mixture, making 4 more pancakes.

Serve pancakes with sour cream.

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Carrot and Zucchini Latkes

CSA member, Carol, added that shredded beets are also an excellent addition!

Ingredients:
1 lb. carrots, peeled
1/2 lb.  zucchini
1 small onion
2   eggs, beaten
3 Tbsp. flour
1/2 tsp.  salt
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
1/4 cup  oil
1/2 cup BREAKSTONE’S or KNUDSEN Sour Cream
1 Tbsp.  chopped fresh chives

Directions:
Grate carrots, zucchini and onion using large holes of box grater; place vegetables on center of large clean kitchen towel. Bring up ends of towel and twist together to form pouch. Holding pouch over sink, squeeze out excess moisture from vegetables. Place vegetables in large bowl. Add eggs, flour, salt and pepper; mix well.

Heat oil in medium nonstick skillet on medium-high heat. For each latke, carefully add 1 Tbsp. of the vegetable mixture to skillet, cooking 2 to 3 latkes at a time. Immediately spread each mound into thin circle with back of spoon. Cook 3 to 4 min. on each side or until golden brown on both sides. Remove latkes from skillet; drain on paper towels. Repeat with remaining vegetable mixture.

Serve each latke topped with 1 tsp. sour cream. Sprinkle with chives.

Kraft Kitchens Tips

Substitute matzo meal for the flour.

Latkes can be made ahead of time. Refrigerate until ready to serve. To reheat, place in single layer in shallow pan. Bake in 350°F oven 10 min. or until heated through.

Recipe can be easily doubled for a larger crowd. Prepare as directed, doubling all ingredients. Makes about 4 doz. or 16 servings.

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Baked Beet and Carrot Burgers with Brown Rice, Sunflower Seeds, and Cheddar Cheese

From Farmer John’s Cookbook

If you like veggie burgers, you’ll love this recipe.  Sweet beets and carrots give luscious flavor to these patties—together with pungent onion, snappy Cheddar Cheese, and lots of toasty nuts and seeds.  Additional flour and egg could be substituted for the rice.

Ingredients:
Butter for greasing the baking sheet
1/2 cup sesame seeds
1 cup sunflower seeds
2 cups peeled, grated beets (1-2 medium beets)
2 cups grated carrots (about 4 carrots)
1/2 cup minced onion
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup cooked brown rice
1 cup grated Cheddar cheese
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
3 Tbs flour
2 Tbs soy sauce or tamari
1 clove garlic, minced or pressed
1/8-1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Lightly coat a baking sheet with butter.
2. Place a small, heavy skillet over medium heat.  Add the sesame seeds and stir them on the dry skillet just until lightly browned and fragrant, 3-5 minutes, watching closely to avoid burning them.  Immediately remove from heat and transfer the toasted seeds to a dish to cool.  Repeat with the sunflower seeds.
3. Combine the beets, carrots, and onion in a large bowl.  Stir in the toasted sunflower and sesame seeds, eggs, rice, Cheddar cheese, oil, flour, parsley, soy sauce or tamari, and garlic (using hands works best).  Add cayenne and mix until thoroughly combined.
5. Using your hands, shape mixture into 12 patties and arrange them in rows on the baking sheet.
6. Bake the patties until brown around the edge, about 20 minutes.  Unless they are very large and thick it should not be necessary to turn them.  Serve alone or on buns.

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Pickled Carrots

From npr.org

An alternative to freezing or canning, making pickles is a great way to maximize an abundance of vegetables. I’ve used carrots in this recipe, but beets, sugar snap peas, pearl onions, cucumbers or even bell peppers are delicious as pickles. This recipe is for refrigerator pickles, which will keep up to 1 month in a tightly sealed jar in the fridge.

Makes 1 pint jar, easily doubled

Ingredients:
1 pound small carrots, well-scrubbed with tops trimmed and discarded
1 cup cider vinegar
1/4 cup sugar
2 garlic cloves, lightly crushed
1 tablespoon dill seeds
2 sprigs fresh tarragon
2 sprigs fresh rosemary
2 bay leaves
1 1/2 tablespoons salt

Directions:
Blanch carrots in a 4-quart, nonreactive saucepan of boiling salted water for 1 minute, then drain in a colander and rinse under cold water to stop cooking. Place the carrots in a large glass jar, packing them in loosely so they stand upright.

Bring the vinegar, sugar, garlic, dill, tarragon, rosemary bay leaves and salt to a boil in the saucepan, then reduce heat to low and simmer about 2 minutes. Pour the pickling liquid over carrots and cool, uncovered. Cover and chill carrots, covered, for at least 2 days, letting flavors develop before serving.

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Glazed Carrot Soup

Ingredients:
1 1/2 pounds carrots, sliced
2 tbsp butter, or 1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tsp sugar, honey or maple syrup
Salt and freshly ground pepper
6 cups vegetable stock or water
2 tbsp minced parsley, or shoots for garnish

Directions:
1. Put the carrots, butter, 3/4 cup of water and the sugar in a large skillet or saucepan and turn the heat to high. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, then bring the mixture to a boil. Cover, turn the heat to medium-low, and cook for about 5 minutes.

2. Uncover and raise the heat a bit. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the liquid has evaporated and the carrots are cooking in the butter. Lower the heat and continue to cook, stirring occasinally, until the carrots are very tender, about 10 minutes more. If they start to stick or brown, add a tablepspoon or so of stock.

3. Add the stock and turn the heat to high. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sytrup at the bottom of the pan. Lower the heat so that the stock gently bubbles and cook , stirring occasionally, until it thickens slightly, about 10 minutes more.

4. Use an immersion blender to puree the soup in the pan or cool the mixture slightly and pour into a blender container and carefully puree. Taste and adjust for seasoning, if necessary. If serving cold, place into the refrigerator for several hours to allow it to chill. If serving hot, garnish with parsley or shoots.

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Gajar Halwa or Carrot Halwa

Submitted by apprentice Lauren Krukiel
This is a sweet, warm, Indian dessert. It can be made vegan or vegetarian.

Ingredients:
2 and ½ cups grated organic carrots or gajar
2 and ½ cups almond milk or regular dairy milk
8 tbsp organic unrefined cane sugar or regular sugar (add more or less as required)
¼ or ⅓ cup almond paste or evaporated milk/khoya (optional)
5-6 cardamom, powdered or crushed
8-10 unsalted whole or chopped cashews
7-8 unsalted pistachios – sliced or chopped
12-15 golden raisins
a pinch of saffron (optional)
2 or 2/12 tbsp neutral flavored oil (sunflower oil) or ghee

Directions:
1. Wash, peel and grate the carrots (gajar).
2. Mix the almond milk or regular dairy milk and grated carrot together in a pan.
3. Keep on stovetop and allow the mixture to simmer.
4. Continue to simmer and cook, stirring occasionally.
5. After 15-20 minutes, add cardamom powder and stir.
6. When the mixture has started thickening, add sugar & oil/ghee.
7. Stir and continue to cook.
8. When the mixture has almost dried, add the almond paste and dry fruits.
9. Stir and cook further for 2-3 minutes.
10. Serve carrot halwa hot or warm. The carrot halwa can also be refrigerated and served cold. Carrot halwa stays good in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

Serves 4.

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Sauteed Carrots and Leeks

Submitted by CSA Member Betsy Adler

Ingredients:
2 leeks, finely chopped
4 carrots, finely chopped
1/3 cup chicken broth
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon white sugar
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

Directions:
Combine leeks, carrots, chicken broth, butter, sugar, thyme, salt, and pepper in a skillet; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until liquid evaporates, about 15 minutes. Cook and stir mixture until leeks and carrots are lightly browned, 2 to 3 minutes.

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Carrot bread with lemon glaze

From The Practical Produce Cookbook by Ray and Elsie Hoover

Ingredients:
1 cup shredded raw carrots
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
1 1/2 cup flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 cup chopped nuts for
1/2 cup raisins (optional)

Directions:
Beat carrots, sugar, oil and eggs 1 minute. Add flour, soda, cinnamon and salt; beat another minute. Stir in nuts and raisins. Pour into a greased 9×15 inch loaf pan. Bake at 350º for 50-60 minutes.
Variation: Replace grated carrots with mashed carrots. Leftover carrots work fine.

Lemon Glaze:

Ingredients:
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp. grated lemon peel
1 tbsp. lemon juice

Directions:
Blend until smooth. Drizzle over loaf.

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Carrot Ginger Cookies
From The Practical Produce Cookbook by Ray and Elsie Hoover

Ingredients:
2 1/4 cup flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 tsp. ginger
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup shortening
1/4 cup molasses
1 egg
1 cup tightly packed, shredded carrots

Directions:
Combine first 6 ingredients. In another bowl, beat brown sugar and shortening until fluffy. Beat in molasses and egg. Add dry ingredients then fold in carrots. Cover and refrigerate until firm. Drop by rounded teaspoons 2 inches apart on greased cookie sheet. Bake at 375º approximately 12 minutes.

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