Subtly flavored with mustard seeds and paprika, these Ginger Cardamom Spiced Carrots would make a lovely side dish for your Holiday dinner table or even a snack for everyday!
Last night I had the honor of attending a special event hosted by Macy’s Culinary Council in celebration of Macy’s birthday here in Atlanta. And, at this event, I got to sit in on a cooking demo by the winner of Season 3 of The Next Iron Chef, the owner of American Cut and Macy’s Culinary Council Chef, Marc Forgione! Not only were his waffles and quail (a twist on the south’s infamous waffles and chicken) and his 10-minute marinara sauce taste bud tantalizing in the best way possible, but his tips on how to make little adjustments and alterations to produce these taste bud tantalizing concoctions totally blew my mind!
Life’s always about learning – right? Prior to last night, I would never have thought to infuse rosemary and ginger (or any other spice and herb combo) into warmed honey, or, to use brown butter flavored with a herb and not the actual herb itself to render a subtle taste to whatever that brown butter was used in! Ahhhh, it is always about those little things – eh?! I am super excited to have received a copy of his cookbook “Marc Forgione: Recipes and Stories from the Acclaimed Chef and Restaurant” and over the next few months I plan on tackling some of his recipes and sharing them on here with little tweaks that fit into my everyday eating – hoping they will fit into yours too. 🙂
Today’s Ginger Cardamom Carrots however are not from his cookbook. I actually whipped these carrots up to nibble on before I drove down to the event last night. And, in a weird coinky-dink kinda way, these subtly spiced carrots rely on little adaptations and spices to really make them shine. To start these carrots off, I sauteed some fresh, grated ginger and some mustard seeds in some extra virgin olive oil and right as the mustard seeds started to dance around in the hot oil, I added in some cardamom pods and the carrots. I finished this dish off with a smidge of paprika and seasoned it with salt and pepper before I introduced my fork to it! Y’all know what – while these Ginger Cardamom Carrots were an appetizer for me (before Marc Forgione’s delicacies at the event), but these would also make for a wonderful side dish on your Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner table!
Here’s hoping your Friday is feeling more like FriYay! Happy Weekend y’all!
Ginger Cardamom Carrots
- 6 carrots sliced
- 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh grated ginger
- 6 cardamom pods
- 1 teaspoon mustard seeds I used the black ones
- 1/4 teaspoon paprika
- sprinkle of salt and pepper to taste
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
- parsley - for garnish optional
In a cold pan, add the EVOO (extra virgin olive oil), grated ginger and mustard seeds and place it over a low-medium flame and stir so ginger doesn't stick or burn
- As soon as the mustard seeds start to dance around as the oil warms, add in the carrots and cardamom pods
- Lower the flame and cover the pan and let it cook for about 4 minutes with the lid on, shaking the pan so carrots don't burn
- Sprinkle the paprika and season with salt and pepper - give it a good stir, garnish (optional) and enjoy!
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