The humble carrot possesses a tasteful trinity of tones: sugary notes, deep earthiness, and underlying savoriness. That makes the rustic root vegetable a versatile ingredient, which can take a leading role in savory or sweet preparations. This autumn, chefs are creating delicious carrot dishes – from appetizers to desserts that will give you a newfound appreciation of this ubiquitous and often-underappreciated vegetable.
Geraldine’s, Austin, Texas
Blistered pillars of smoked carrot form a freeform Stonehenge on the plate. The blackened orange roots are accompanied by mole, fresh sumac, and crunchy bits of puffed amaranth. Make a reservation at Geraldine’s.
Ana at District Winery, Washington, D.C.
This isn’t your average churro. That’s because the circlet of fried dough is made with carrots, which lend a coral complexion. The sweet round is complemented by roasted carrots, tartly sweet maple labne, and spicy ‘nduja. Make a reservation at Ana at District Winery.
True Food Kitchen, Bethesda, Maryland
Medi-minded and heart healthy. Roasted heirloom carrots are tossed with sherry vinaigrette and laid atop a za’atar-spiced Greek yogurt sauce. Sprigs of dill and crunchy pistachio bits add the finishing touches. Make a reservation at True Food Kitchen.
The Drawing Board, Petaluma, California
Consider this a Cali take on the Jewish breakfast tradition. Smoked carrots are rolled in nori, slow roasted, and sliced like lox. They’re laid on a slather of vegetable cashew cream cheese on a hearty slice of Senora Levain bread. Make a reservation at The Drawing Board.
Cava Mezze, Washington, D.C.
Sometimes simple is best. Roasted carrots are lavished with coriander, tarragon, honey, lemon, and Aleppo pepper. The orange stalks sit on a bed of lemony Greek yogurt. Make a reservation at Cava Mezze.