The former chef of 232 Bleecker in New York City, Gramercy Tavern alumna Suzanne Cupps gives silky, sweet-spicy honey-glazed roasted carrots the main-dish treatment, serving them atop ricotta-smeared flatbread with a drizzle of bright basil chermoula. Use leftover chermoula to top sliced tomatoes, grilled eggplant, or tofu.

August 2021

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Credit: Photo by Victor Protasio / Food Styling by Chelsea Zimmer / Prop Styling by Lydia Pursell

Recipe Summary test

active:
25 mins
total:
1 hr
Servings:
4
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Ingredients

Basil Chermoula
Carrots
Additional Ingredients

Directions

Make the basil chermoula
  • Bring 2 quarts water to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high. Stir in 2 tablespoons kosher salt. Slice white and light green parts of scallions into 1/2-inch pieces. Slice dark green parts of scallions into 1-inch pieces. Fill a medium bowl with ice water; set aside. Add all sliced scallions to boiling water; cook, stirring occasionally, 30 seconds. Add basil; cook 10 seconds. Drain and immediately transfer mixture to ice bath. Let stand 2 minutes. Drain well. 

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  • Place scallion mixture, grapeseed oil, lemon juice, cumin seeds, coriander seeds, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt in a blender. Process until smooth, about 45 seconds, adding up to remaining 3 tablespoons water, 1/2 tablespoon at a time, as needed to reach desired consistency. Season with additional salt to taste. 

Make the carrots
  • Preheat oven to 425°F. Toss together carrots, olive oil, and kosher salt on a large rimmed baking sheet. Roast until almost tender, about 15 minutes. Remove from oven. Drizzle carrots with honey, and sprinkle with Espelette; toss to coat. Roast at 425°F until carrots are tender and glazed, 8 to 12 minutes, stirring every 4 minutes.

  • Spread ricotta evenly over naan, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Top evenly with carrots and any remaining honey mixture from baking sheet. Drizzle each flatbread with about 1 tablespoon chermoula; reserve remaining chermoula for another use. Garnish with sea salt, lemon zest, and black pepper.

Make Ahead

Chermoula can be refrigerated in an airtight container up to 2 days.

Suggested Pairing

Lightly off-dry white: Loosen Bros. Dr. L Riesling

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