Coffee Roasted Carrots

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Author Notes: Do you ever just wake up thinking about food combinations? (I already know the answer) So, recently I woke up wondering what I could do to add a subtle coffee, mocha flavor to sweet carrots. I wanted a soft flavor that didn't overwhelm the vegetable, but made it a little more complex. This recipe works with plain just from the garden or supermarket or farmers market orange carrots. I don't know why, but those gorgeous purple and red carrots come out tough. (even though they look beautiful).dymnyno

Serves 6

  • 1 pound carrots (orange only)
  • 1 cup coffee beans
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • sea salt and black pepper
  1. Trim the carrots (I didn't peel them)
  2. Mix the minced garlic with the olive oil and slather the carrots with the mixture.
  3. Sprinkle with sea salt and grated black pepper.
  4. Put a layer of whole coffee beans in a large skillet and place the carrots on top of the beans.
  5. Roast in a 375 degree oven for about 20 minutes, depending on the thickness of the carrots.
  6. Remove from the oven and lift the carrots off the beans . Slice diagonally and add more sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.

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5 months ago Beth100

Do you suggest turning the carrots during roasting, or does the coffee flavor permeate evenly anyway? Thanks for sharing this intriguing and doable recipe!


5 months ago LE BEC FIN

dy, you're like paul simon; you just keep on impressing us! Love your creative thinking outside-the-box.


over 1 year ago AntoniaJames

AntoniaJames is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Wow, these sound so interesting! Definitely on my must-try-soon list. ;o) P.S. Patterson got the idea from you.


over 1 year ago dymnyno

Ha, ha! He does add some interesting stuff at the end. Have you tried the restaurant, Coi?


almost 2 years ago dymnyno

I just saw a Daniel Patterson recipe (COI) that is very similar to this. I created mine 3 years before the Coi cookbook!


over 4 years ago ChefMommy

Does it matter what type of roast the beans are?


over 4 years ago dymnyno

I have always used a French roast. I would not use anything bitter. Think of the aroma...that is basically what is infused into the carrots...not overpowering.


over 4 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

I love this idea - I'm definitely trying. How interesting that the coffee brings out the carrot-y flavor.


over 4 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

Oh, nice idea! How much coffee flavor do the carrots absorb?


over 4 years ago dymnyno

. The carrots do not end up tasting like coffee beans. Rather, the coffee intensifies the roasted carrot flavor.


over 4 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

I am definitely intrigued!