I am thrilled to kick off our Thursday Guest Recipe Post Series with my friend Camille Style's Recipe for Bruschetta with Carrot Pesto. I can't wait to make it myself! Camille has a fantastic blog with a very loyal following and has a book coming out this Fall!
One night a few weeks ago, when I was trying to decide what to do with the massive amount of beautiful carrots that I’d picked up at the farmers’ market, I got the idea for this carrot pesto. It couldn’t be simpler to make — really just a handful of ingredients that I always keep on hand so it can be whipped up at a moment’s notice. Something about the combination of basil, garlic and roasted carrots is so addictive, and I’ve been serving the pesto alongside grilled pork tenderloin, as a spread for the most mouthwatering picnic sandwiches, and (my personal favorite) as a surprising topping to this carrot bruschetta. It’s a double dose of delicious carrots — they’re in the pesto, as well as grilled on top — and the vibrant colors are guaranteed to “wow” guests at any summertime gathering. And the best part is: these can be completely assembled before anyone arrives, so by the time the party rolls around, you can be nibbling these with your guests with a glass of sangria in hand!
Bruschetta with Carrot Pesto
for the carrot pesto:
1/2 pound carrots, sliced
extra virgin olive oil
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup classic basil pesto, store-bought or homemade (I like this recipe)
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
for the bruschetta:
1 crusty baguette, sliced thinly on the bias
1 bunch small carrots, multicolored if you can find them
1/2 cup feta (I like goat feta, but you can use your fave)
6 basil leaves, chiffonade
course sea salt, like Maldon
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. On a foil-lined baking sheet, toss sliced carrots with a drizzle of olive oil and a generous pinch of salt and pepper. Spread in an even layer, then roast for about 20 minutes, until carrots are soft and caramelized on the edges.
In a blender or food processor, combine roasted carrots with pesto and red wine vinegar. Pulse until a chunky paste forms (you can make this smoother to your liking.)
Preheat a grill pan to high heat, and slice the baby carrots into long strips as thinly as possible on the bias (or shave on a mandoline.) Grill the carrot slices for 1 minute per side, then remove to a plate.
Brush baguette slices with olive oil, then grill 1 minute per side, or until grill marks show. Top each baguette slice with a scoop of carrot pesto, a couple of grilled carrot slices, and a sprinkle of feta, basil ribbons and sea salt. Eat!