14 minutes | Aug 20, 2021

Emily Oster makes Roasted Carrots with Carrot Top Pesto & Burrata

This episode of Play Me a Recipe is produced in collaboration with M.M.LaFleur.This summer, M.M.LaFleur is tossing out the old rules of living, working, and dressing, and making sure you are feeling ready for the shifting demands of work/life balance as the world reopens. Read how economist and bestselling author Emily Oster is rewriting the rules on M Dash.On Play Me a Recipe, your favorite cooks will walk you through their most treasured recipes, offering all the insider tips, stories, and tricks you won't get from a written recipe—and you'll be right alongside them, every step of the way. Feel free to pause, jump back, or navigate the steps via the podcast chapters (if you're in Apple Podcasts, swipe up on the episode player page—the podcast chapters will be at the bottom).  If you're cooking along, here's the recipe we're making today. Go ahead and grab the ingredients below before starting the episode. Roasted Carrots with Carrot Top Pesto & BurrataServes 4 to 6For the carrot top pesto:4 cups lightly packed washed carrot tops, stems discarded and roughly chopped, a small handful reservedHandful basil leaves1/2 cup walnuts, toasted1 ounce grated Parmesan cheese1 medium garlic clove, halved lengthwise1 teaspoon Maldon or other flaky sea salt1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oilFor the carrots:20 small carrots, scrubbed and tops trimmed but stems left on2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra for drizzling1 teaspoon plus a few pinches flaky salt1/2 pound burrata, drained and at room temperature3 tablespoons carrot top pesto, plus more to tasteSmall handful basil leavesHalf a lemonBread, for serving (optional)Make the pesto: Combine the carrot tops and basil in a food processor, pulse, then add the nuts, cheese, garlic, and salt. Pulse again, and then with the machine continuously running, add the oil in a thin stream. (You'll have to stop to scrape down the sides a few times.) Taste and adjust for seasoning.Make the carrots: Heat oven to 500° F with a rack in the center.Pour 2 tablespoons of the oil into an ovenproof pan large enough to hold the carrots in a single layer (or do this step in two pans). Let the oil come to barely smoking over high heat, then add the carrots and stir to coat them in the oil. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon of salt.Cook, turning occasionally, until the carrots are browning in spots—this should take 6 to 8 minutes, and the carrots won't yet be cooked through.Once they're nicely browned in spots, place the whole pan in the hot oven and roast, stirring occasionally, until carrots are tender and cooked through, about 8 to 12 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool slightly.Toss the cooked carrots very gently, as they'll be soft, with the prepared pesto, using more or less based on your taste. Transfer the coated carrots to a platter, and top with the burrata. (You may want to halve or quarter your burrata, depending on its size, but that part is up to you.)Add a few more dollops of pesto to the carrots, here and there, and sprinkle each piece of burrata with a bit of flaky salt.Dress the reserved handful of carrot top sprigs with a squeeze of lemon, a drizzle of olive oil, and a small pinch of salt, then top the carrots and burrata with the greens. Serve with toast for mopping up the cheese and bread, if you like.Lobby Time Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
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