It is impossible to get enough of this Brown Butter Carrot Puree. The sweetness of the brown butter pairs beautifully with the earthiness of the carrots. It is hard to believe that this carrot puree could get any better, but it is even better the following day!
You are not going to believe how good this brown butter carrot puree is! It is warm, comforting and deeply satisfyingly. All of the things you want in comfort food but without all of the guilt.
Brown butter, also known as beurre noisette, has a nutty, rich, and slightly caramelized flavor. The process of browning the butter involves heating it until the milk solids turn golden brown and the butter takes on a deeper, more complex flavor. The taste of brown butter is often described as nutty, with notes of hazelnut and almond, and a slightly toasted or caramelized taste. The aroma is also nutty, with a hint of caramel. The flavor can add depth and complexity to dishes such as pasta, vegetables, and baked goods. It also can be used as a finish for a sauce or a spread.
Ingredients in Brown Butter Carrot Puree:
Butter and carrots. That’s it! A little salt and pepper and you are done.
How to make Brown Butter Carrot Puree:
Prep the carrots by cutting them into chunks.
Place in a pot of cold water and bring to a boil. Boil until fork tender.
While the carrots are pureeing, make your brown butter buy slowly melting the butter over a medium low heat.
Whisk the butter as it melts. The butter will foam then subside but you’ll need to keep a close eye on it to prevent burning.
Watch carefully as the butter starts to brown and gives of a nutty aroma, this is how you know when it is done.
Once the carrots are down, drain (reserving the liquid) and add to a blender of food processor. Season with salt and pepper.
Add the brown butter and puree until smooth. If the puree is a little thick, add in some of the reserved cooking liquid, just a little at a time, until the desired consistency is reached.
Serve the brown butter carrot puree with your favorite protein. My personal favorite are these Pork Chops in a Creamy Dijon Sauce.
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Brown Butter Carrot Puree
- 4 tbsp butter
- 1 pound carrots
- 1 tsp Kosher salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- Chop the carrots into about 1.5 to 1 inch pieces, Try to make them uniform as possible by volume to ensure an even cooking time.
- Add to a sauce pan and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil and cook until fork tender, about 15 minutes.
- While the carrots are cooking, add the butter to a small skillet or saucepan. Slowly cook over medium low heat until the butter has a nice brown color and gives off a nutty aroma about five minutes, whisking frequently. Remove from hat and set a side.
- When the carrots are fork tender, drain them reserving the cooking liquid.
- Add the carrots, brown butter, salt and pepper to a blender and blend until smooth. If the puree is too thick add small amounts of the reserved cooking liquid until the desired consistency is reached.
Do you know all of the health benefits of carrots?
The health benefits of carrots are primarily due to the presence of certain vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that they contain. These include:
- Beta-carotene is a type of carotenoid, which is a class of pigments that are found in many fruits and vegetables. It is an orange-red pigment that gives fruits and vegetables like carrots, sweet potatoes, and pumpkins their characteristic color. Beta-carotene is a powerful antioxidant and is converted to vitamin A in the body, which is essential for maintaining healthy vision, immune function and skin health. Vitamin A also plays a role in the growth and development of cells and tissues, and is important for maintaining healthy skin, hair, and nails. In addition to its role in maintaining good vision, vitamin A is also important for the health of the immune system, as it helps to protect the body from infections and disease.Beta-carotene is also beneficial for skin health, as it may help to protect the skin from damage caused by UV rays and environmental pollutants. It also has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties and may help to reduce the risk of certain types of cancer.It is important to note that excessive intake of beta-carotene supplements can lead to carotenemia, which is a benign condition characterized by yellowing of the skin and mucous membrane. This condition is caused by high levels of beta-carotene in the blood, which can be caused by consuming large amounts of beta-carotene supplements. It is best to consume beta-carotene as part of a healthy diet rather than relying on supplements.
- Fiber is a type of carbohydrate that is found in plant-based foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes. It is an important nutrient that helps to maintain overall health and well-being. There are two types of fiber: soluble and insoluble. Soluble fiber dissolves in water and forms a gel-like substance. It can help lower cholesterol levels, control blood sugar, and promote feelings of fullness. Good sources of soluble fiber include oatmeal, fruits, and vegetables.Insoluble fiber does not dissolve in water and helps to add bulk to the stool, promoting regular bowel movements. It can also help prevent constipation and reduce the risk of certain types of cancer. Good sources of insoluble fiber include whole wheat, nuts, and vegetables.Fiber is important for maintaining regular bowel movements and promoting feelings of fullness. It also helps to control blood sugar levels and lower cholesterol levels, which can reduce the risk of heart disease. Additionally, high-fiber diets have been associated with a reduced risk of certain types of cancer, such as colon cancer.
Adults should aim to consume at least 25-38 grams of fiber per day, and it is best to obtain fiber from food sources rather than supplements. Eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes can help ensure that you are getting enough fiber in your diet.
- Potassium is a mineral that is essential for the proper functioning of the body. It plays a critical role in maintaining healthy blood pressure, heart function, and muscle and nerve function. Potassium helps to regulate the balance of fluids in and around cells, which is essential for proper cell function. Potassium is important for heart health as it helps to regulate blood pressure by counteracting the effects of sodium. High levels of potassium in the diet have been associated with a reduced risk of hypertension and stroke. Potassium also helps to maintain normal muscle and nerve function, which is important for normal movement and reflexes.Foods that are rich in potassium include fruits such as bananas, oranges, cantaloupe, honeydew, apricots, grapefruit (pink and red), and vegetables such as carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, spinach, mushrooms, and zucchini. Potassium is also found in dried fruits, nuts, seeds, legumes, and dairy products.The recommended daily intake of potassium for adults is about 4,700 milligrams per day. It is important to have a diet rich in potassium, but also important to be careful with supplementing potassium if you have certain health conditions or taking certain medications, as too much potassium can lead to hyperkalemia, which can be dangerous. It is best to check with your healthcare provider before increasing potassium intake, especially if you have any health concerns.
- Antioxidants are compounds that protect the body’s cells from damage caused by molecules called free radicals. Free radicals are naturally occurring in the body but can also be caused by external factors such as pollution, radiation, and cigarette smoke. These molecules can damage cells and contribute to the development of chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s disease. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals and prevent or repair this damage. There are many different types of antioxidants, including vitamins (such as Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E), minerals (such as selenium), and phytochemicals (such as carotenoids and flavonoids) which are found in fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and whole grains. Some examples of antioxidants that can be found in foods include:
- Vitamin C, which is found in citrus fruits, berries, and leafy green vegetables.
- Vitamin E, which is found in nuts, seeds, and vegetable oils.
- Beta-carotene, which is found in orange and yellow fruits and vegetables, such as carrots and sweet potatoes.
- Lycopene, which is found in red fruits and vegetables, such as tomatoes and watermelon.
- Selenium, which is found in seafood, nuts, and whole grains.
- Polyphenols, which are found in fruits, vegetables, tea, coffee, and wine.
It’s important to have a diet rich in a variety of fruits and vegetables to ensure that you are getting enough antioxidants. Eating a diet high in processed foods, sugar and saturated fat can increase the production of free radicals in your body which can be counterbalanced by eating a diet high in antioxidants. It is also important to note that some studies have shown that antioxidant supplements may not have the same health benefits as consuming antioxidants in food form, and that excessive consumption of some supplements can have negative effects on health. So, it’s best to get your antioxidants from a healthy diet.
These benefits have been supported by numerous studies and research in the field of nutrition and health, which suggest that consuming carrots in moderate amount as part of a balanced diet can be beneficial for overall health.