Carrot tops....What to do with them?

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  1. tnuhb

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    So I made a marinated some chicken with carrots and other stuff. I felt guilty for throwing away the carrot tops because they looked really nice and I don't like to waste parts of vegetables. The question is what can I do with them? Can I use them like a fresh herb?
     
  2. cheflayne

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    Yes, some people find them to be bitter, but a quick blanch and ice bath takes care of this. I like to make them into a pesto and use that to roast the carrots.
     
  3. tnuhb

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    What else do you add to the pesto?
     
  4. cheflayne

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    Pretty much like regular pesto, just subbing the carrot tops for the basil.
     
  5. fatcook

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    They go well with garlic scapes in a pesto.

    If you don't have the good pine nuts, walnuts work well with that combination.
     
  6. tnuhb

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    That sounds good...Was also thinking about adding them to a lentil soup. Usually only have onions and garlic with that so might even it out if they are a little bitter.
     
  7. french fries

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    I've used them only in soups... never noticed any bitterness, but I guess that may depend on the carrots. 
     
  8. cheflayne

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    I don't consider them bitter either, but i guess it is like some people think cilantro tastes like soap, i don't get that either.
     
  9. fatcook

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    That's because you don't have the soap gene.
     
  10. cheflayne

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    My basic point was that if 100 people taste the same ingredient. There will be 100 individual perceptions on said ingredient.
     
  11. chef brah

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    in indian cooking..we cook diced carrots as a veggie dish..then add fenugreek seeds and sauteed carrot tops to balance the sweetness of carrots with bitter notes.

    or pickle them


    we used radish leaves also to make a leafy dish...sautee them with onions and garlic to remove strong taste...same technique can be used for carrot tops

     
  12. chrislehrer

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