They are many ways to cook carrots, but this humble vegetable is usually relegated as a side dish. With their gorgeous orange hue and sweet flavour, carrots can definitely be front and centre in a meal. It's all about how you cook them.
So what are carrots good for besides salads, soups and cake? The answer may surprise you.
Let's take a look at some surprising ways to cook carrots:
COOKING CARROTS: APPETISER RECIPES
Grated carrots add colour and flavour to this scrumptious appetiser.
The carrots are combined with mashed potatoes and flavoured with cinnamon and sesame seeds. Then they are fried until golden.
The cherry on top, if you will, is the vanilla pod inserted in its centre.
Nordic chef Matt Orlando definitely knows how to make carrots the star of any dish.
His spectacular carrot recipe calls for dehydrating carrots and serving them in an irresistible glaze made with buttermilk and carrot juice. All served with pine shoots and edible flowers.
Who says carrots can't be gourmet? Find the recipe here.
Gnocchi will never be the same when you try this recipe from chef Ryan Clift, who is British–born but based in Singapore.
He combines heirloom carrots (both the traditional orange variety and the purple ones) with a carrot stock and Iranian salsa in this stunning first course.
CARROT DOGS: A VEGAN RECIPE
If you crave hot dogs, but are grossed out by how they are made then carrot dogs are for you.
This fun way to cook carrots requires marinating them overnight and cooking them in an umami–rich glaze before serving on a hot dog bun.
Try making carrot dogs at your next barbecue.
MAKE A CARROT PICKLE
Carrots are naturally sweet, but pack a punch when turned into this fragrant Persian pickle.
Combined with dates, chili peppers and spices like cinnamon and cardamom, carrots take on a whole new personality.