Smashed Carrots With Feta and Mint

Smashed Carrots With Feta and Mint

For a zesty side dish of carrots, employ the sharp, salty flavor of feta cheese and lots of chopped fresh mint. This is more rustic than a smooth purée, with noticeable texture and bright colors. You can cook and mash the carrots in advance, then reheat, adding the toppings at the last minute.
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  • Serves: 6 persons



  1. Step 1

    In a large, heavy pot with a lid, warm olive oil over medium-high heat until hot but not smoking. Add carrots and stir to coat. Season generously with salt and pepper.
  2. Step 2

    Add garlic, stir, and let sizzle just until golden; do not let it brown. Then add 1 cup water and cover pot.
  3. Step 3

    Reduce heat to low, and simmer until tender, about 10 minutes. Remove lid, and turn heat to high. Simmer until most of the liquid has evaporated.
  4. Step 4

    With a potato masher, crush carrots roughly, right in the pot, leaving mixture a bit chunky. Set aside until ready to serve.
  5. Step 5

    To serve, reheat carrots over low heat. Fold most of the feta and mint into the hot carrot mixture, reserving enough for garnish. Transfer to a serving dish. Sprinkle with crushed red pepper, if using. Top with remaining feta and mint.