December 14, 2022

French Carrot Purée

Sophisticated Carrot Sticks

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French Carrot Puree will be a delight to any child who likes carrot sticks and will quickly become an adult favorite as well. The best part is it is a dish the whole family can enjoy together. This dish is also impressive for entertaining and simple to make. It’s hearty and satisfying like mashed potatoes, but 100% vegetable.

As with mashed potatoes, you can make your puree with a variety of ingredients. I'll give you the basic recipe and variations so that you can use what you have on hand and mix it up so it's always exciting.


French Carrot Purée

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Heavy Whipping Cream - optional

Butter - optional

Chicken or vegetable stock - optional

Celtic or sea salt

Fresh ground pepper


1. Peel the carrots and cut them into chunks.

2. Boil the carrots until they are tender.

3. Drain the carrots, saving some of the water. Add the carrots back to the pot.

4. Purée with an immersion blender until the carrots start to become smooth. Next, add an ingredient to create a smooth Purée. This can be cream, butter, stock, or cooking liquid. The cooking liquid can be added in addition to the other ingredients or in place of. Add liquids slowly so that the puree does not become too liquid. You can always add more.

5. Purée again with an immersion blender until smooth.

6. Add more cream, butter, stock, or the reserved water from cooking to your desired taste and consistency.


Add 1 yellow potato to every 6 carrots for a thicker puree

Add a dollop of crème fraîche to add a new layer of flavor

Add sautéed onions, garlic, or a dusting of ground nutmeg


Serve Carrot Purée as a side dish or as a bed for rack of lamb, braised beef or pork, or fish en papillote.

Time Tip: Have a child or family member peel the carrots and boil them while you are in the kitchen doing something else. Drain them and store them in the pan overnight in the refrigerator. The next day when it’s time to prepare dinner, add the rest of the ingredients, warm and puree.

You can also make carrot puree with steamed carrots. So next time you steam carrots, make extra for a carrot purée later in the week.

You may also like Parsnip Purée and Celeriac Purée

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