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Preparation Time : 35
Cook Time : 10
Total Time : 45
small rainbow carrots (about 24), tops trimmed 700 gms
dried red chilies, such as guajillo, stems removed 8 nos
Garlic Cloves,coarsely chopped 3 nos
Wine vinegar 1/2 cups
Ground Cumin 1 tsp
Kosher Salt 1/2 tsp
Freshly Ground Black Pepper 1/2 tsp
Red Pepper Flakes 1/2 tsp
Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1/2 cups
Micro greens, such as Hearts of Fire 1/4 cups
Flakes Sea Salt,such ad maldon 1 tbsp
Expeller-pressed canola oil 1 cups
large fresh rosemary sprig, leaves stripped from the steam and coarsely chopped (about 2 tablespoons) 1 nos
whole Marcona almonds 2 cups
kosher salt 1 tsp
To prepare the carrots: Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil over high heat. Prepare an ice bath by filling a large bowl halfway with water and adding a tray of ice cubes.
Blanch the carrots in the boiling water until tender when pierced with a knife, about 3 minutes. Drain the carrots and plunge into the ice bath to shock them ? i.e., stop the cooking and cool them quickly; this procedure also locks in the carrots? bright color.
Drain the carrots again. You want them to be relatively uniform in size, so if any of them are large, cut them lengthwise in half.
To prepare the marinade: Put a small dry skillet over low heat, add the chilies, and toast for 1 or 2 minutes; shake the pan so they don?t scorch. Break up the chilies and put them in a food processor. Pulse the chilies to a coarse powder; you should have about ? cup.
Put the chili powder in a mixing bowl, add the vinegar, garlic, cumin, kosher salt, black pepper, and red pepper flakes, and whisk until blended. While whisking, slowly pour in the oil in a stream until emulsified.
Put the carrots in a mixing bowl and pour in the chili mixture, tossing to coat. Marinate for 1 to 2 hours, tossing periodically.
To serve: Crisscross the carrots on a platter. Scatter the micro greens and almonds on top and season with flaked sea salt.
Note: Hearts on Fire is a variety of micro greens with garnet-colored veins and stems. They not only give stunning color to a dish but also add a vibrant tart, citrusy flavor, reminiscent of sorrel.
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