Elegant and Party-Perfect
This creamy potato puree is so dreamy, you’d never know healthy carrots are hiding in there. Luckily, my girls aren’t picky eaters, but even the most carrot-averse person would dig into this silky side. I’ve never had a love affair with carrots, though I am a bit partial to their cousin the parsnip, but this is one of my favorite uses for leftover carrots. For instance, when I make my husband’s favorite Beef Bourguignon, I have to buy a bag of carrots but only need one or two for the dish. My solution is to serve this Carrot Potato Silk with Beef Bourguignon every time. The two are amazing together kind of like a match made in food heaven.
Whip it Good
If you like rustic potatoes, in other words with chunks of carrot, whip the vegetables with a hand or electric mixer. This is how I would typically make any whipped potatoes because you don’t want to release too much the starch and end up with a gummy mess. But since I don’t like carrot chunks, I pop them into my food processor along with the herbs and spices and stream in the oil. The result is pure silk happiness.
All Cracked Up
A quick note on fresh cracked peppers. I have three separate pepper grinders in my spice pantry: white for lighter dishes, green for spicy dishes and black for just about everything else. My mom thought she was doing me a favor by giving me a grinder that had 4 peppercorns already mixed together after watching me grind all three for my peppered steak. By the way, the pink ones aren’t really pepper but they’re pretty and add a different element of flavor. Anyway, I have been playing around with the pepper melange and used it for this particular recipe. The flavors worked really well but otherwise I would have gone with white pepper.
Suggested Wine Pairings
I’m fairly certain I would never curl up to a bowl of these silky carrots and potatoes but if I did, I’d reach for an oaky Chardonnay. These creamy carrots and potatoes pair wonderfully with just about every type of meat, especially Beef Bourguignon, so more often than not I will pair the wine with the main course or sauce. For more tips on pairing wine with certain dishes, check out the recipe collection where every recipe is expertly paired with complimentary wines to match.