Marinated Carrots

Carote marinate (Marinated Carrots)

In antipasti, contorno by Frank14 Comments

Carote marinate, or marinated carrots, are beautiful to look at and wonderfully versatile.  In season year ’round, they serve equally well as an antipasto or side dish, or as part of a buffet spread. Best of all, they take almost no effort to make and can—indeed, should—be made ahead of time. If you ask me, every cook should make marinated carrots part of their Italian repertoire. The dish is at its best made with those gorgeously slender and sweet baby carrots, but even supermarket carrots will lend themselves nicely to this treatment.

Ingredients

Serves 4-6 as an antipasto or side dish

  • 500g (1 lb) carrots (see Notes)

For the marinade:

  • A few sprigs of fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic, peeled and finely chopped
  • A good pinch (or two) of red pepper flakes, to taste
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • The juice of half a lemon, freshly squeezed
  • 250 ml (1 cup) best quality olive oil

Directions

Parboil the carrots in salted water until just slightly done and still quite crunchy. You are not looking to actually cook them—just to soften them a bit, to allow the marinade to penetrate. Cooking times will vary by the type and cut of carrots you are using. For baby carrots as pictured above, 4-5 minutes will do, for larger carrots just a minute or two more. Shredded carrots will take only 1 or 2 at most.

Remove the carrots and them drain in a colander until they have cooled off but still a bit warm.

As the carrots are draining, mix all the marinade ingredients in a bowl (or mix them all up in a food processor, using the pulse function to avoid emulsifying them). Give the marinade a taste and feel free to add a bit of this or that to suit your taste.

Transfer the carrots to a bowl and pour the marinade over. Mix well and let the carrots macerate for at least an hour, preferably several, mixing from time to time.

Serve in a bowl or dish, pouring any remaining marinade over all.

Notes

Baby carrots are my favorite choice for this dish. They make an elegant presentation for a sit down dinner, but you can make this dish with regular supermarket carrots, too. Peel and parboil them as directed above, then, after they’ve drained and cooled a bit, but them into slices or matchsticks. If you want to save time, you can also use those convenient bags of pre-shredded carrots as well—just be sure  to cook them very quickly.

While marinated carrots lend themselves to making ahead, the taste gets stronger the longer you marinate them. As a certain point, say after 24 hours, the marinade becomes a bit overwhelming.

Post Scriptum. By the way, folks, turns out this is my 400th post. It’s been quite a journey! We’ve come a long way…

 

Carote marinate (Marinated Carrots)

Rating: 51

Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Yield: Serves 4-6

Carote marinate (Marinated Carrots)

Ingredients

  • 500g (1 lb) carrots (see Notes)
  • For the marinade:
  • A few sprigs of fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic, peeled and finely chopped
  • A good pinch (or two) of red pepper flakes, to taste
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • The juice of half a lemon, freshly squeezed
  • 250 ml (1 cup) best quality olive oil

Directions

  1. Parboil the carrots in salted water until just slightly done and still quite crunchy. You are not looking to actually cook them—just to soften them a bit, to allow the marinade to penetrate. Cooking times will vary by the type and cut of carrots you are using. For baby carrots as pictured above, 4-5 minutes will do, for larger carrots just a minute or two more. Shredded carrots will take only 1 or 2 at most.
  2. Remove the carrots and them drain in a colander until they have cooled off but still a bit warm.
  3. As the carrots are draining, mix all the marinade ingredients in a bowl (or mix them all up in a food processor, using the pulse function to avoid emulsifying them). Give the marinade a taste and feel free to add a bit of this or that to suit your taste.
  4. Transfer the carrots to a bowl and pour the marinade over. Mix well and let the carrots macerate for at least an hour, preferably several, mixing from time to time.
  5. Serve in a bowl or dish, pouring any remaining marinade over all.

Baby carrots are my favorite choice. They make for an elegant presentation for a sit down dinner. You can make this dish with regular supermarket carrots, too. Peel and parboil them as directed above, then, after they've drained and cooled a bit, but them into slices or matchsticks. If you want to save time, you can also use those convenient bags of pre-shredded carrots as well—just be sure to cook them very quickly.

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Comments

  1. Nancy/SpicieFoodie

    I love carrots but have to admit that I don’t have enough ways to cook them. This sounds amazing Frank, thanks for sharing.

    P.S. Regarding your comment, yes I do think so.;)

  2. Nuts about food

    Well, first of all congratulations for your 400th post and hoping for at least 400 more! As you saw from my recent posts, I am in a carrot phase and this recipe sounds delicious… another way to get my daughter to eat cooked carrots ;o)

    1. Author
      Frank

      Thanks! I thought your carrot and ginger pickle looked scrumptious Carrots are so under appreciated…

  3. Adri

    How tempting. I love carrots, and these look great. I’m with you on the baby carrots here. They are so tender and sweet. Enough with the kale already. Let 2014 be The Year of the Carrot!

  4. Claudia

    I agree that cooked carrots are not seen enough. And they are beautiful as these are. Fresh carrots are one of those things we do have in MN for quite awhile. Perfect for the winter, eyesight, color and taste!

  5. Ciao Chow Linda

    It’s not often that I think to serve carrots as a separate vegetable. I think they fell out of favor years ago, but this beautiful and tasty dish reminds me that I should remember to include them on my dinner table.

    1. Author
      Frank

      Thanks, Linda! When made right, carrots really are stunning vegetables. I guess bad cooking must have killed their popularity.

  6. Simona

    That’s certainly a beautiful plate to bring to the table! I think carrots are still underappreciated as a vegetable on their own, so a recipe that gives them center stage is quite welcome.

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