A perfect match for a delicious appetizer. The sweetness of the baked carrots works great with the flavors of the labneh. Caramelized honey carrots are a must-have recipe for when we have guests. In this recipe, the carrots will be baked and seasoned with cider vinegar and honey. On top, you add the crunchy dukkah and you will get a plate full of flavors and different textures. Let’s not forget also the striking color that you will get in this dish. It will be an eye-catcher on your table.
There are not a lot of ingredients that you will need for this recipe. The most important ones will be the carrots and the labneh.
Use fresh carrots with green leaves. You do not have to peel them, just wash them under running water. For the labneh, you can make your own, but as this can take a lot of time you can just go and buy already made labneh. The same with the dukkah. You can make your own dukkah, or you can buy a good quality one and save yourself some time.
Here is a list of all the ingredients you will need for this carrots and labneh recipe:
- Labneh – 400 g;
- Carrots with greens – 1 large bunch;
- Dukkah – 3 tbsp.;
- Tarragon fresh – 40 g;
- Olive oil – 8 tbsp.;
- Honey – 2 tbsp.;
- Cider vinegar – 1 tbsp.;
- Salt and pepper
Caramelized carrots or steamed carrots
There are different ways to prepare the carrots for this recipe. Whatever way you choose, the first step is always the same. Cut the greens close to 1 inch and wash the carrots under running water. Then, you can choose one of the above methods for the preparation for steamed or baked carrots:
- Method 1: Steam the carrots for around 10 minutes. Place them in a bowl and toss them with olive oil (2 tbsp.), salt and pepper. Add the carrots into a grilling pan on high heat and grill them for around 6 minutes, until they are lightly charred on all sides. You will end up with caramelized carrots.
- Method 2: Place the carrots in a bowl and toss them with olive oil (2 tbsp.), salt and pepper. Add them to a baking tray and cover with aluminum foil. Punch the foil in several places. Add the tray into the preheated oven at 220 degree C (428 degree F). Leave it into the oven for approx. 30 minutes, but make sure to turn the carrots around after 15 minutes. At the end the carrots should be slightly crunchy.
After you cooked the carrots in your preferred way add them into a bowl and toss them with a dressing of honey and vinegar. To make this dressing, whisk together honey, cider vinegar, salt, and pepper.
How to plate the caramelized carrots
The plating for this dish is really easy. Take a serving plate (will work best with an elongated one) and spread the labneh into it making a well into the middle. Drizzle it with tarragon oil, and then place the baked carrots on top. Drizzle them with dukkah and then sprinkle again with some tarragon oil. Enjoy!
How to make tarragon oil
Tarragon oil is very simple to make. Use fresh tarragon, roughly chopped. Add it into a food processor together with 6 tbsp. of olive oil. Blitz it for 2-3 minutes and it’s ready!
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