It is one week before Christmas and if you need a last minute recipe to bring to a party this is the perfect one. Coffee and carrots sound like an interesting combo but they compliment each other perfectly. The spices are flavorful and warming, with the carrots becoming caramelized and slightly sweet. The recipe will impress everyone, it is delicious and best of all it is incredibly simple to make.
I made it as a salad originally for a pop-up dinner I hosted. I had some leftovers and because I hate wasting food I wanted to recreate the carrots into another dish. The roasted carrots are good on their own, as a salad, or on this crostini, you really can’t go wrong.
adapted from The Flavor Matrix cookbook
1 pound of carrots, peeled and if large cut in half or quarters
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground coffee
1/2 teaspoon five-spice powder
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon minced or grated fresh ginger
1 cup arugula leaves
4 tablespoons goat cheese or feta (optional)
Enjoy and Happy Holidays! ~ Amanda