The perfect side dish is like an amazing supporting actress, bold enough to be memorable but knows enough restraint that it doesn’t steal the spotlight. And, when entertaining, that means the dish is largely make ahead and versatile enough to be served with a roast or a salad. This roasted carrot dish is just that –a purée with all the flavors– lemon, pistachio, coriander –we love best with roasted carrots. We promise this Roasted Carrots with Cilantro-Pistachio Carrot Top Purée recipe won’t overshadow your entrée, well maybe just a little.
Roasted Carrots with Cilantro-Pistachio Carrot Top Purée Recipe
- 6 garlic cloves
- 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil plus more for confit and carrots
- 3 bunches carrots (about 1 1/2 pounds carrots) with carrot tops
- Kosher salt and Freshly ground black pepper
- 1 bunch Fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves tough stems trimmed
- 1 bunch fresh cilantro leaves tough stems trimmed
- 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice plus more for serving the carrots
- 1/4 cup finely chopped pistachios plus more for garnish, if desired
- Pinch ground coriander
- Drizzle honey
- To make the garlic confit, place the garlic in a sauté pan and cover with olive oil. Set over medium heat and heat until the oil starts to bubble. Reduce the heat to low and cook, checking every 30 minutes until the garlic is soft, at least 1 hour. Let cool.
- Heat oven to 400°F and arrange a rack in the middle. Cut carrot tops off carrots and wash in several changes of water. Place carrots on a rimmed baking sheet and toss with a drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper. Roast until knife tender, about 25 minutes. Set aside.
- To make the carrot top purée, bring a saucepan of heavily salted water to a boil over high heat. Discard the tough stems from the carrot tops then roughly chop the leafy tops, add to the boiling water, and cook for 5 minutes. Drain and place in a bowl of ice water. When the carrot tops are cool, squeeze out the water until completely dry. Place in a blender and add the parsley, cilantro, 1/3 cup of the olive oil and all the lemon juice, 2 of the confit garlic cloves, pistachios, coriander, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Add a drizzle of honey and blend until very smooth; taste and adjust the seasoning with more olive oil, honey, lemon, salt or pepper, as desired.
- To serve, mash the remaining garlic confit and toss with the roasted carrots. Add a touch of lemon juice to balance the oil. Arrange carrots on a serving platter and top with purée and pistachios, if using.