Roasted Carrots with Burrata and Salsa Rustica

This tasty and simple appetizer from Jessica Battilana’s Repertoire is sure to be your new favorite. Jessica suggests, “This recipe works best with smallish carrots, about three-quarters of an inch thick. I roast them whole until tender and blackened in spots, coaxing out their natural sweetness, then top them with the cheese and salsa rustica, a zippy, acidic herb sauce enriched with pistachios. Because I like to go all out, I recommend two balls of burrata, but you could exercise slightly more restraint (and lower your grocery bill) by making do with one. ”

2 bunches small carrots (about 16)
1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 cup packed parsley leaves, finely chopped
1/2 cup packed mint leaves, finely chopped
1/4 cup roasted salted pistachios, coarsely chopped
2 tbsp minced shallots
2 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp lemon zest
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
2 (8 oz.) burrata balls
Flaky salt, such as Maldon, for serving

Preheat the oven to 450°F. Toss the carrots with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil and spread on a rimmed baking sheet or in a large cast-iron pan. Bake, shaking the pan occasionally, until the carrots are tender and blackened in spots, about 45 minutes. (Use your judgment here; if you’ve got tiny carrots, they won’t take as long to roast.) Let the carrots cool slightly, then transfer to a platter.

While the carrots roast, make the salsa rustica. In a bowl, combine the chopped herbs, pistachios, shallots, lemon juice and zest and the remaining 1/2 cup olive oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

To serve, use your hands to tear each ball of burrata into large pieces, then set on top of the carrots and spoon the salsa rustica over. Top with a little flaky salt.

We originally found this recipe on A Cup of Jo!

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