Charred-Carrot Tacos With Spicy Snap Peas, Ruby-Red Sauerkraut, and Fresh Greens
Makes: 6 servings
1 bunch carrots (7 to 8 medium carrots), peeled if necessary, scrubbed clean, and cut into spears about 4 inches long by 1⁄2-inch thick
2 to 4 tablespoons neutral vegetable oil
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 teaspoon each of cumin, coriander, paprika, and garlic powder, mixed
Pinch of cayenne
1 to 2 tablespoons maple syrup
2 cups sugar-snap peas, deveined and sliced on a bias
2 to 3 teaspoons hot sauce (e.g., sriracha, Cholula, or homemade)
2 to 3 teaspoons fresh lime juice
Extra-virgin olive oil
Lacto-fermented red-cabbage sauerkraut (store-bought or homemade)
Mixed baby greens
12 fresh corn tortillas
1. First and foremost, turn on your vent fan. Charred carrots do produce a bit of smoke.
2. In a large cast-iron skillet, heat 1 to 2 tablespoons of the vegetable oil over high heat. Add a handful of the carrots, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and sauté until slightly charred on all sides, 6 to 7 minutes, shaking the pan once in a while so carrots don’t burn. Carrots should be tender, but with a little bite left to them. Remove the hot carrots to a sheet pan or bowl, toss with a few pinches of spices, a drizzle of maple syrup, and a pinch more salt, and keep warm in a 200-degree oven. Repeat in batches, adding more oil if needed, until all the carrots are charred.
3. In a small bowl, toss the sliced peas with hot sauce and lime juice. Drizzle with a little olive oil. Season with salt, to taste.
4. Heat tortillas in a dry cast-iron or stainless-steel pan over medium heat. Toast them for about 15 to 20 seconds on each side, or until softened. Keep warm in a slightly damp, clean kitchen towel.
5. To assemble the tacos, divide the charred carrots among the tortillas. Top with the mixed greens, the snap peas, and a smattering of ruby-red sauerkraut. Enjoy.
This Recipe is from Mark Bittman's article on Grub Street this week, "I Am Obsessed With These Charred Carrot Tacos."
Check it out and you might notice something familiar.
That's right, the carrot tacos he is obsessed with are from Wheelhouse, the food-truck-now-catering business started by former Brookfield apprentices. Jake and Will (and their awesome crew) are cooking up a storm in their third year of business. They have an ambitious events schedule so won't see them at CSA pickup, but they are planning an event on the farm for the fall - stay tuned! In the meantime, you can cook up your own carrot tacos, Wheelhouse style, with these first small sweet carrots!