Nose to Tail Roasted Carrots

on white oval platter 625 sqThe concept of “nose to tail eating” has been gathering quite a bit of momentum over the past several years. It stems from a desire to be more responsible and waste as little as possible of the animals being killed for our food.

I try to be a more responsible carnivore. I buy whole chickens and cut them up myself, using the bones and neck to make stock. However, I just can’t seem to jump aboard the whole animal movement when it comes to using up veal tongue, beef cheeks or pigs ears. I’m just not that adventurous an eater.

Happily, for me, the nose to tail movement has recently made it’s way over from animals to vegetables. There’s a movement afoot by chefs, to use up every part of each vegetable we pull from the garden. Here’s a crusade I can get behind. I’m already great at using up broccoli stems and corn cobs.4 bunches with tops 4When I stumbled across a recipe for using up the green carrot tops on, it kind of blew my mind. Who knew that carrot tops were edible and that you could create a pesto from them? I was very excited to try it. 4 bunches with tops 5trimming off topsCarrots get oiled and seasoned and then blasted in a hot oven to roast for about 30 minutes. I left a tiny bit of the stems on because it looks so pretty. ready for roastingUsing up the tender green carrot tops in a pesto is a very clever way to use them up. They taste fresh and clean with a mild carrot flavour. Fresh basil, parmesan, garlic, macadamia nuts and some extra virgin olive oil get blitzed in the food processor with the carrot tops to make a smooth pesto.ingredients for pestomaking pesto 1making pesto 2pesto

Click here to print recipe for Roasted carrots with Carrot Top Pesto.

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8 thoughts on “Nose to Tail Roasted Carrots

  1. themondaybox

    You all have amazing winter produce in Canada! I haven’t seen carrots like that since a mid-summer organic farmers market! Beautiful! (so is your presentation!) If it wasn’t for my husband’s carnivorous ways, I would be very happy never cooking meat again. Nose to tail? Oh, yuck. Leaf to root? Absolutely! I had no idea you could eat carrot greens. I love making all kinds of nut-less pesto (often subbing sunflower seeds for a “nutty” flavor). I will give this a try as soon as such gorgeous produce reappears down here! 🙂

    1. saltandserenity Post author

      Oops, busted! Wendy, I must admit that I wrote and photographed this post in Florida. I bought the beautiful carrots at the Naples Whole Foods. I think carrot top pesto would be delicious with sunflower seeds instead of nuts. Even your husband would love it!

      1. themondaybox

        I am so glad you responded before I packed up and moved north! 😉 I have been dreaming of and craving Sanibel lately. I would rather join you in Naples than Ottawa right now! 😉 Enjoy! I do wonder though, if my local Whole Foods might have such carrots. I’ll check.

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