Orange Crush: Boston Chefs Elevate the Common Carrot
In this locavore age, vegetables have begun to garner the same respect from chefs as a premium cut of beef. A prime example: the common carrot. Here are some ways that area restaurants are taking the tender taproot to new heights.
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Carrot-cardamom ice cream with greens, roasted beets, onion soubise, sunflower, and hazelnut vinaigrette. Part of the $90 three-course prix-fixe, L’Espalier, Back Bay.
Carrot panna cotta with chicory, kidney beans, cippolini onions, and charred salsa verde. $14, Bergamot, Somerville.
Glazed baby carrots with chamomile-scented farro, wild-carrot honey, caraway-seed brittle, and carrot-top purée. $13, Beacon Hill Bistro, Beacon Hill.
Hay-roasted carrots with onion-ash oil and caraway seeds. $7, Puritan & Co., Inman Square.
Roasted carrots and parsnips with cashew butter, honey-cashew streusel, quinoa, and fresh herbs. $11, Sycamore, Newton.
Coconut-carrot soup with ginger-chicken meatballs. $11, Evoo, Kendall Square.
House-made cavatelli with roasted-carrot pesto, cippolini onions, Brussels sprouts, walnuts, and shaved pecorino. $10 for a half portion, $20 for a full portion, Catalyst, Kendall Square.
Spiced-carrot purée with olive oil and duklah. $4, Oleana, Cambridge.