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Feasting at Home Finds A New Way to Cook Carrots

These sweet, earthy carrots can be served as a side with fish or chicken, or can act as the centerpiece of a vegetarian meal.
By Published June 23, 2017

Bring the Mediterranean—from Italy and Greece, to Morocco and Egypt, to Turkey and Lebanon—into your kitchen with 500+ fresh, flavorful recipes from our newest release, The Complete Mediterranean Cookbook. This comprehensive cookbook translates the famously healthy Mediterranean diet for home cooks with a wide range of creative recipes, many fast enough to be made on a weeknight, using ingredients available at your local supermarket.


Forget what you know about cooking carrots. With The Complete Mediterranean Cookbook, we’ll show you how roasting your carrots is one of the best ways to maximize their sweet, earthy flavor. Sylvia Grant of Feasting at Home recently received a copy of our book and decided to cook—and share—our recipe for Spicy Roasted Carrots.

To get the exteriors to turn a beautiful golden brown, we tossed the carrots with a little brown sugar before cooking.

“Serve this as a delicious side dish to chicken or fish, or create a simple vegetarian dinner, serving it over seasoned lentils with a drizzle of plain yogurt," writes Sylvia. "Either way, you will love the flavor. The carrots are caramelized in a very hot oven then tossed in an orange-cumin-cinnamon dressing. Tangy, sweet and spicy, they make me sooooo happy, friends. Very very happy. Tis’ the little things, isn’t it?”

The high heat caramelizes the carrots' sugars and browns the exteriors, leaving the interiors tender and moist.

The Complete Mediterranean Cookbook demystifies flavor-building ingredients like za’atar, sumac, and harissa, and highlights the simple yet powerful flavor boosters you already know and love—like herbs, garlic, and lemons. For the roasted carrots a complex, spicy mix of Aleppo pepper, earthy cumin, warm cinnamon, and bright cilantro provide lots of high-impact, Turkish-inspired flavor.

“The recipes in this cookbook are fresh and modern, and utilize fun flavorful ingredients paired in interesting ways," writes Sylvia. "Think nutty tahini with earthy mushrooms, preserved lemons with savory lamb sausage, and tangy pomegranate molasses with fresh halloumi cheese.”

500 Fresh, Flavorful, Kitchen-Tested Recipes

The Complete Mediterranean Cookbook

Let the test kitchen be your trusted guide to cooking and eating the Mediterranean way with this recent publication. The recipes in this book are modern, fresh, and full of flavor combinations you may not have encountered before, like nutty tahini with earthy mushrooms, or puckery preserved lemons with savory lamb sausage.   

For the full review and recipesee the original post on Feasting at Home. And for more information about the Mediterranean diet, check out these posts: 

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