Monday, February 10, 2014

Happy National Carrot Day (Feb. 6th 2014)

Happy National Carrot Day (Feb. 6th 2014)

Carrot Palm Tree

carrot palm tree with dinosaurs 

carrot palm tree

Karoto Flower Tool





Vegan Carrot Top Pesto with Mint and Hazelnuts:
Why compost carrot tops when you can make a vegan pesto out of them!

Vegan Carrot Top Pesto with Fresh Mint and Hazelnuts

Vegan Carrot Top Pesto with Fresh Mint and Hazelnuts
Yield: 48 servings (appetizer) 

Portion: 1 cup cooked pasta, ¼ cup Carrot Top Pesto
Garnish Options: chopped hazelnuts, mint leaves, carrot leaf
Chef's Note: Oregon hazelnuts have superior flavor.

5 lbs. uncooked pasta

Carrot Top Pesto:
½ gallon medium diced carrots
4 cups peeled whole garlic cloves
6 cups canola oil
½ gallon lightly packed carrot tops
2 cups lightly packed mint leaves
2 cups chopped hazelnuts
Salt to taste

      1)            Prepare pasta:
a)      Cook and chill pasta.
      2)            Prepare Carrot Top Pesto:
a)      Sauté carrots and garlic with oil until garlic is tender (about 20 minutes). Chill completely.
b)      Puree carrots, garlic, and oil with carrot tops, mint, and hazelnuts.
c)       Add salt to taste.
      3)            Assembly:
a)      To order, sauté pesto with pasta.


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