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Carrots with Pistachio-Herb Butter

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Serves 8

  • by from Fine Cooking
    Issue 131

Lime and pistachios add brightness and crunch to crisp-tender carrots. This recipe is designed so that you can do most of the work well in advance, making it perfect for a Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.  Then all you need to do is cook the carrots and toss them with their seasonings. See the Make-Ahead Tips for details.

  • 1/2 cup salted, roasted, shelled pistachios
  • 1/2 cup lightly packed fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 1 Tbs. packed fresh mint leaves
  • 2 oz. (4 Tbs.) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 oz. finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano (1/2 cup)
  • 1 tsp. packed finely grated lime zest
  • 4 to 6 drops hot sauce, such as Sriracha
  • Kosher salt
  • 3 lb. carrots, peeled and cut into pieces about 2 inches long and 1/2 inch wide.
  • 2 tsp. fresh lime juice; more as needed
Make the pistachio butter

Coarsely chop the pistachios in a food processor. Set aside half of the nuts. Pulse the remaining nuts until they are quite fine but not pasty. Add the parsley and mint, and pulse again until the herbs are finely chopped. Add the butter, cheese, zest, hot sauce, and 1 tsp. salt; pulse until well blended. If working ahead, scrape the butter onto plastic wrap, shape into a log, wrap, and freeze. Seal the reserved pistachios in a small zip-top freezer bag or other airtight container and freeze.

Cook and finish the carrots

Take the butter out of the refrigerator if made ahead. Combine the carrots and 1 tsp. salt in a 4-quart saucepan and add enough water to just cover. Cover the pan and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to maintain a simmer and cook to your liking, about 5 minutes for crisp-tender.

Reserve about 1/4 cup of the cooking water, drain the carrots, and then return them to the pan. Add the butter in pieces and toss to melt and coat the carrots. Add the lime juice and some of the reserved water, if necessary. Season to taste with salt and more lime juice. Serve topped with the reserved pistachios.

Make Ahead Tips

The butter can be made up to one month ahead and frozen (along with the reserved pistachios). Thaw the butter in the refrigerator for one day and the pistachios at room temperature.

The carrots can be peeled and cut up to two days ahead. Seal in a zip-top bag or other airtight container and refrigerate.

nutrition information (per serving):
Calories (kcal): 170, Fat (kcal): 10, Fat Calories (g): 90, Saturated Fat (g): 4.5, Protein (g): 4, Monounsaturated Fat (g): 3.5, Carbohydrates (mg): 17, Polyunsaturated Fat (mg): 1.5, Sodium (g): 450, Cholesterol (g): 15, Fiber (g): 5,

Photo: Scott Phillips

I made this for Thanksgiving. It was easy, most of it could be done ahead of time and most of all...delicious! I've already made it again for a potluck party.

This is fantastic! I made these for Thanksgiving and they were a hit! It's a great side to refresh the palette having so many rich dishes at Thanksgiving. It reminds me of Ina Garten's green bean grimolota. Love it.

Loved it! I don't come across many exciting carrot recipes but this one knocked it out of the park.

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