carrot recipe

Pickled Carrot Salad

Pickled Carrot Salad

Pickled Carrot Salad

This was one of those dishes where it came out great, but was not what I had planned in the beginning. Let me explain.

I had picked up some beautiful rainbow carrots at a local market. They come in colors ranging from yellow to purplish red. I wanted to make something special with them, highlighted their vibrant colors. I liked the idea of a kind of pickled carrot. Made up the recipe as I went along. I knew the flavors would go well with the rest of the dinner that was planned.

The carrots worked out so well. Great flavors- but there was a problem. I had used a red vinegar and by the time everything was done cooking, the color of the carrots had changed. They all looked, well, like regular carrots. No one knew the difference, except me. I felt bad that I had cooked all the color out of the rainbow carrots, but the flavor was good. I guess, in the end, that is what really matters.

 

Pickled Carrot Salad

 

2 medium onions, peeled and sliced

3-4 cloves garlic, peeled

1 c. vinegar- red wine or cider vinegar preferred

1 c. water

1 ½ lbs. carrots, peeled and sliced

1 sweet pepper, seeded and chopped

2 small tomatoes, seeded and chopped

½ c. sugar

1/4 c. chopped fresh parsley

2 t. salt, or to taste

Fresh ground pepper to taste

1 t. ground ginger

Hot sauce to taste

1 bay leaf

 

In saucepan, combine onions and garlic with the water and vinegar and bring to a boil. Prepare other veggies while onions simmer for 10 minutes. Add remaining ingredients and simmer, covered about 20 minutes.  Adjust seasonings. Let salad cool down, then store in fridge until ready to serve. Best served the next day. Remove bay leaf and garlic cloves before serving.

Rainbow Carrots

Rainbow Carrots

 

 

Zucchini Carrot Cupcakes

Zucchini Carrot Cupcakes

Zucchini Carrot Cupcakes

These are really good cupcakes. They are moist and not too sweet with a slightly dense texture. Sort of a cross between carrot cake and zucchini bread they have more texture than a traditional cupcake and plenty of flavor. I made these for a group of kids yesterday and they loved them.  I got 24 cupcakes out of the recipe but they were a little small. Perhaps 18 would be a better way to go. I used a simple vanilla buttercream to finish them off. I whipped the frosting a long time so it was extra fluffy. Here are the recipes for both the cupcakes and the frosting.

 

Zucchini Carrot Cupcakes

2 eggs
1 c. sugar
2/3 c. oil
1¼ c. flour
1 t. baking powder
1 t. baking soda
1 t. cinnamon- I think I would use a little more next time
½ t. salt
1 c. grated carrot
1 c. grated zucchini, squeezed dry and packed tightly
½ c. chopped nuts, optional
Beat eggs with sugar until frothy. Beat in oil then add dry ingredients. Beat on high for 4 minutes. Stir in veggies and nuts. Pour batter into 18- 24 paper lined muffin tins, filling them 2/3 full. Bake in a 350-degree oven for about 15 minutes or until top springs back when lightly touched. Cool and frost. Makes 24.

Note: These cupcakes deflate a little while cooling.

 

Classic Vanilla Frosting

3/4 cup butter
6 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/3 cup milk
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons milk
Beat butter in a large bowl until fluffy. Gradually add 3 cups of the sifted confectioners’ sugar, beating well. Slowly beat in the vanilla, salt, and 1/3 cup of the milk. Gradually beat in the 3 remaining cups of confectioner’s sugar. Beat in additional milk (1 to 2 tablespoons) if needed, to make frosting of spreading consistency. If desired tint the frosting with 6 to 8 drops of food coloring.

 

 

Carrot and Cabbage Salad

Carrot and Cabbage Salad

Carrot and Cabbage Salad

I love a good salad. I also like to make dishes that can travel well when I am visiting with friends. After a conversation with a friend the other day about her having to travel for a family event and bring food along I was inspired to come up with this recipe. Similar to a cole slaw this salad has an equal share of carrots and an herb-infused dressing that gives it a great flavor.  It can be made a couple of days ahead, if needed, and is better if you make it the night before.

Carrot and Cabbage Salad

1 lb. carrots, peeled and shredded

1 lb. shredded cabbage- you can use the cole slaw mixes sold in stores

Dressing:

2/3  c. apple cider vinegar or herb flavored vinegar

1/2 c. oil

1/4 c. sugar, or to taste

1 T. salad and vegetable seasoning-recipe follows- or 1 T. dried herbs of your choice

Salt and pepper to taste

Combine veggies in a bowl. Combine dressing ingredients in a jar with a tight-fitting lid and shake well to combine. Adjust seasonings. Pour dressing over the veggies and stir to mix well. Cover and chill for several hours or overnight. Serves 10-12.

Salad and Vegetable Seasoning

½ c. dried parsley
¼ c. dried minced onion
1 T. dried thyme
1-T. celery seeds
2 t. dried oregano
1 t. dried marjoram
1-t. dill seeds

Combine all ingredients and store in a cool, dry, dark place. Makes about a cup. Use in salad dressings or on cooked veggies and in soups and stews.