We have a new appetizer here for you that taste great with Italian bread, let’s discover together the nutritional benefits of this dish before we proceed, shall we? The main food that we will focus on in this recipe is the carrot. The carrot contains carotene which is a chemical which then converts into Vitamin A in the body. This helps with vision which prevents night blindness. The carotene also serves as an antioxidant (beta-carotene) which helps to fight heart disease and cancer by attacking those free-radicals that contribute to these diseases. Eating Carrots regularly can lower your blood pressure and cholesterol and will regulate your blood sugar level. There are always benefits to eating well, and the Mediterranean Diet produces good food that will always have benefits to your everyday life. Enjoy!
Crema Di Carote (Carrot Cream Appetizer)
*2 lbs of carrots
*2 cups of vegetable broth or boullion
*pinch of nutmeg
*pinch of hot pepper
*4 tblsps of grated parmigiano-reggiano cheese
*1/3 cup of pitted black olives
*8 slices of crusty Italian bread
*1 tblsps of extra virgin, cold pressed olive oil
*1 tblsps of unsalted butter
*pinch of salt and pepper to taste
Wash, peel and cut carrots into large pieces. Bring broth to a boil. Place in carrots and cook for 20 minutes. When finished, pour liquid and carrots into a bowl and mash carrots with fork and mix with liquid.
In a sauté pan, place in oil, warm on low heat for 30 seconds. Place in mashed carrots, add in butter and grated cheese. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt, pepper, nutmeg. Cook for 2 minutes and mixing continuously with wooden spoon so mixture does not stick.
Remove from heat. Divide cream onto 4 small appetizer dishes. Garnish with black olives on side of dish. Serve with 2 slices of crusty Italian bread with each plate.