Did you make anything new for Thanksgiving this year? I try to make one or two new recipes each year. But it can be a hard sell sometimes. Most people like their traditional Holiday eats. My family and friends would probably get cranky if I went hog wild and completely changed the menu on them. So instead, I try to sneak in a new side dish or appetizer. I find most people tolerate that pretty well!
This Carrot Mash with Orange and Mint was one of the new recipes I tried this Thanksgiving. I must admit that if I ran across this recipe in a magazine, I never would have made it. Because pureed carrots just seem kind of plain, and dare I even say boring. Snooze-ville. But the guys over at The Bitten Word convinced me that I could not miss out on this side dish. So I listened. And they were right. Because this Carrot Mash with Orange and Mint is fresh, creamy, sweet, savory and simple. Essentially it’s everything that a Holiday side dish should be.
And while this dish is certainly Holiday worthy, it’s also great for any old night of the week. No special occasion necessary. It’s easy to make, fairly healthy (you could use half and half instead of cream if you wanted to be a little bit more virtuous) and can be made 1-2 days in advance.
The recipe below is doubled from the original printed recipe (I was feeding a crowd at Thanksgiving!). Feel free to cut it in half to make a more manageable amount.