Individual Carrot & Herb Pate

I belong to a great cooking forum on Facebook. The group is made up (mostly) of Russian men and women, but it’s most active participants are women. It’s very motivating to be part of this group of dynamic cooks.

Individual Carrot & Herb Pate


Recently, one of the members suggested an Iron Chef-like challenge. A secret ingredient would be chosen and then whichever members wanted to participate would their creations a few days later. The first ingredient? Carrots!

If you think about it, carrots are kinda boring (no offense, carrots). They’re an outstanding support player (yay mirepoix!!!) but outside of a standard carrot side dishes and carrot cake, they’re rarely the star of the show. I loved this challenge because it forced me to look at this simple ingredient in a totally different way. 24 hours after the ingredient was named, I was losing sleep over choosing the one way that I would present it. I requested the ability to post multiple dishes, but was rebuked. I compared my internal dilema to being asked which child I love more… but more difficult.

Finally, I decided to make everything that I wanted to make and then post the picture that I liked the most… but I still get to blog about them all. Quite possibly the best part of this particular dish was that the kids loved it. They said, “hey… it kinda tastes like cheese.”

NOTE: Photos are taken of a half batch.
Getting ready with Tofu, Thyme, Tarragon & Carrots
(carrots don’t start with a “T”, but we still brought them to the party!)


Boiling the peeled carrots


When you grease the lined cookie sheet, grease the cupcake form.
Roast up those carrots!
(I just fold up a napkin into a small square. See it on the left of the muffin pan?)


forgot to include these in the first picture. White miso paste and some apple cider vinegar.


Roasted carrots (they’re pretty, right?!)


Herbs. Thyme on the left and tarragon on the right.


Throw all ingredients, except for the herbs, into a blender
(or tall container if you’re using an immersion blender)


Puree until smooth


Fill cupcake tray using a #20 ice cream scoop (3 tablespoons)

Bake at 325 degrees for 40 minutes, until center is set.



Carrot Pate with Radish Garnish


Official Taste Testers (drinking Carrot Creamsicle Milkshakes!)

Light + Yummy = Guilt Free


Individual Carrot & Herb Pate

Makes 12 individual pates

Ingredients

1 pound carrots, peeled
2 tablespoons butter, room temperature
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons white miso
1 package silken tofu
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon thyme, removed from stem and finely chopped
1 teaspoon tarragon, removed from stem and finely chopped
Kosher Salt & Pepper to taste

Directions

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

1. Cook carrots, covered in salted water until tender.
2. Line a baking sheet with foil and grease with olive oil. At the same time, grease a cupcake tin (with 12 molds) with oil.
3. Drain carrots. Place on prepared baking sheet. Roast in the bottom 1/3 of the oven for about 12 minutes. Turning carrots half way through.
4. Remove carrots from oven. Reduce temperature to 325 degrees.

5. Place carrots and all remaining ingredients, except for herbs, into a blender (or a tall container if using an immersion blender). Blend until thick puree forms.
5. Add herbs and use a wooden spoon to combine. Taste. Add salt and freshly ground pepper to taste.
6. Using an ice cream scoop (#20 size is 1.5 ounces = 3 tablespoons), fill all 12 greased cupcake vessels.

7. Bake for 40 minutes, until center of each cake is set.
8. Cool on a wire rack and then refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight. 
9. Remove each pate gently, using a plastic knife (don’t scratch the nonstick coating of the muffin tin). 
10. Serve with toast points and thinly sliced radish or cucumber with a sprinkle of salt on top.

Eat, Drink & Be Yummy!

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One thought on “Individual Carrot & Herb Pate

  1. Svetlana

    Just made Miso Glazed Cod…Amazing! What an excellent recipe. Will definitely use it many times. Will try the same method for other fish.

    Reply

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