My recipe brings a contemporary and elegant touch to this humble vegetable, making it a show-stopper on your dinner table. Inspired by the simple carrots of my childhood, but with a gourmet twist, these carrots are not only visually stunning but also packed with layers of flavour. I absolutely adore colourful carrots, they are each so unique, have hints of their own flavour and really easily jazz up any plate!
Multi-Colored Carrots: These aren’t just your average carrots; they’re a vibrant, visually stunning array of health benefits. Each colour represents different nutrients. Orange carrots are loaded with beta-carotene, which the body converts to vitamin A, essential for eye health. Purple carrots contain anthocyanin, known for their antioxidant properties, which can help reduce inflammation and support heart health. The natural sweetness that occurs through roasting, not only is tasty but also provides a healthy dose of fibre, aiding in digestion.
Sumac: This Middle Eastern gem is more than just a spice. Sumac is celebrated for its high levels of antioxidants, which can help fight against cellular damage in the body. Its tangy, lemony flavour isn’t just a delight on the taste buds; it’s also a boost to your health. Sumac can have anti-inflammatory properties, making it a vibrant and beneficial addition to any dish, especially in pairing with the natural sweetness of carrots.
Feta Cheese: Feta adds a deliciously salty contrast to the sweetness of the carrots. Feta is also a rich source of calcium, B vitamins, particularly B12! The texture with the carrots is kind of perfection!
Homemade Pistachio Dukkah: This is where the dish truly comes alive. Dukkah is a blend of nuts, seeds, and spices. This homemade blend adds a delightful crunch and a burst of flavour, making each bite of the roasted carrots a discovery of textures and tastes.
The sumac offers a burst of citrusy freshness, while the feta cheese introduces a creamy, salty element. The addition of hot honey, thyme, and pomegranate seeds brings everything together, creating a dish that’s as beautiful to look at as it is delicious.
They’re a beautiful reminder of how a simple vegetable can be transformed into something very special with just a few extra touches. So, let’s roll up our sleeves and add some pizzazz to our holiday cooking!
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