With organic vegetables you don't have to be careful about the skin or the leaves of a product which could contain a lot of pesticides and chemical fertilizers. With this recipe I wanted to use every parts of the carrot in one tasty and easy meal.
Thank you to Barry Connolly, the farmer in Belfast to who I buy my organic and local vegetables!
So these are some CARROT CROQUETTES WITH A PESTO OF CARROT LEAVES.
( I am sorry for my english it is not my maternal language ;D )
You will need for:
·THE LEAVES OF TWO CARROTS (around 40g)
·70g OF OLIVE OIL ·25g OF SEEDS/NUTS (of your choice. For this recipe I took a mix of different seeds (sesame, sunflower, flaxseed...)
·1 GARLIC CLOVE
·PARMESAN ( I didn't use it but if you want a taste that is closer to the original pesto recipe feel free to add some)
·1 SPRING ONION
·1.5 TABLESPOON OF FLOUR
·SALT AND PEPPER
Step 1: PESTO_PREPARE THE INGREDIENTS
·Cut the leaves of the carrot and wash them to remove the dirt.
·Put the leaves, the seeds and the garlic (and parmesan) in the blender.
Step 2: PESTO_MIX ALL THE INGREDIENTS
·While you add the olive oil little by little, blend all the ingredient until you have a smooth pesto.
·Put the pesto in a bowl and keep it in the fridge.
Step 3: CROQUETTE_PREPARE THE VEGETABLES
·Wash the carrots ( don't need to peel them if they are organic)
·Grate the carrots
·Cut the spring onion in little pieces
·Brown the vegetables in a pan with some oil and the curry powder until it's melting.
·Keep it in a bowl.
Step 4: CROQUETTES_PREPARE THE BATTER
·In the bowl, add the egg, the flour, some salt and pepper and mix everything together.
Step 5: CROQUETTES_SHAPE THE CROQUETTES
·Shape the croquettes with two tablespoons on a baking tray. With these proportions you can do around 12 croquettes.
·Pour some olive oil on the croquettes and put it in the oven at 200ºc during 30min ( a little bit more if it's not browned )
Step 6: SERVE THE MEAL
·Serve the croquettes with a little salad, and the pesto.
·Enjoy it while it's lukewarm!
Runner Up in the
Organic Cooking Challenge