Do you like hosting dinner parties? One thing that can make a night feel epic is kicking the meal off with an amazing starter. Here is a recipe you would want to keep for your many summer dinner gatherings.
From Jessica Battilana’s Repertoire
Recipe: Roasted Carrots with Burrata and Salsa Rustica
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
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. Enjoy!
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