Looking for recipes for delicious carrot dishes? Try these ideas, including everything from carrot soup to mouthwatering carrot muffins!
Ideal for everything from soups and stews to delicious cakes, carrots are extremely versatile!
Not only can they be used in a range of dishes, but they offer great nutritional value. Carrots are packed with beta carotene which gives them their beautiful, vibrant orange color. In addition to this, they are loaded with fiber, vitamin K1, potassium and antioxidants.
While orange carrots are the most common, you can find them in many other colors such as white, yellow, orange, purple and even red!
Served raw or cooked, carrots can add a touch of sweetness to your meals. They pair well with all kinds of flavors, so it's easy to produce carrot dishes that everyone will enjoy.
Here are some flavor combinations that are truly delicious:
- Caraway seeds: toss cooked carrots in butter and sprinkle with caraway seeds
- Citrus: the zesty, sour flavor of citrus contrasts perfectly with the sweetness in carrots. Simmer carrots until tender and toss with butter, a dash of sugar and a drizzle or lemon or orange juice.
- Dill: toss cooked carrots in butter with finely chopped dill
- Ginger: to create a unique twist for carrots, boil them in ginger beer!
- Honey: carrots glazed with honey are a winning combination, giving them a caramelized flavor.
- Mint: freshly chopped mint and blanched carrots pair deliciously and work well in salads.
Four Courses with Carrots
Let’s have some fun, shall we?
We will show you just how versatile carrots really are in cooking! We will help you devise an entire menu that features carrots in every course; even the pickiest of eaters are bound to enjoy this menu.
You might like to start with a light a salad to wake up your guests’ tastebuds for the treat they will be in for with the remaining courses!
Start out by serving a Roasted Beet and Carrot Quinoa Salad which is full of bold flavors and colors! The great thing about this salad recipe is that it can be prepared the night before, so if you are serving this whole menu, you can get ahead of the game.
Now, let’s think about soup and bread. We love this soul warming Carrot and Ginger Soup, which is quick and easy to put together. It’s likely you have all the ingredients you need in your pantry!
While you may traditionally serve bread rolls with your soup, these Zucchini Carrot Muffins make for the perfect accompaniment. Best of all, if you have any muffins leftover, they work well for a quick grab and go breakfast option.
When serving a larger menu or hosting, sometimes the main dish can become quite overwhelming when trying to juggle all of the other courses.
So keep your main dish simple! Simple does not have to mean boring or tasteless! We love this Skillet Beef Tips and Gravy which is simmered with carrots, onions, mushrooms and potatoes in a beautifully rich red wine gravy. Delicious and hearty!
To top off your carrot inspired menu, these Carrot Cake Whoopie Pies are sure to please! Whoopie pies are always popular – a cross between a cookie and a pie with a rich, decadent filling. It’s hard to go wrong with these, especially when using carrot cake flavors and a warming cinnamon cream cheese frosting.