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Carrots get a bad rap. Too often, they are boiled or steamed to oblivion, losing that uniquely sweet, earthy carrot flavor in the process.
When done right, though, a cooked carrot can become a showstopper, not just the afterthought to top a side salad.
In this particular recipe, the entire point is the carrot. And the way it’s cooked is perhaps unlike any carrot preparation you’ve seen before. Enter the crispy carrot fritter.
The fritter cooking method is not only the gateway to more vegetable consumption, it’s also lower carb, simple to make, and lends a nice, crispy texture to any meal. For those who dislike vegetables altogether, the carrot fritter will make you forget you’re eating them; for others who simply need a change in the roasting, boiling, or steaming routine, carrot fritters offer a magically crispy, crunchy, and flavorful quality to your carrot entree.
How do shreds of carrots stay perfectly packed together without any flour? The secret lies with the cheese. Along with the tiniest bit of (low-carb) almond flour, the cheese and egg act as the binder, holding all ingredients together while the sharp cheddar offers up its own tangy flavor.
Low-Carb Dipping Sauces for Carrot Fritters
While these carrot fritters can certainly stand on their own, it can be fun to experiment with different dipping sauces. The classic accompaniment is a dollop of sour cream and a garnish of dill, but if you’re feeling adventurous, you could try one of these low-carb alternatives:
- Greek yogurt sauce. Greek yogurt is a great, lower-carb alternative to sour cream. You could add it to your fritter as is or doctor it up by making a simple sauce: mix plain Greek yogurt with lemon juice, garlic, and salt.
- Dijon mustard sauce. The tangy, spicy flavor of Dijon mustard goes well with the sweetness of the carrot. Make a simple sauce by mixing Dijon with olive oil, lemon juice, and salt.
- Cilantro lime sauce. Bright and fresh, this dipping sauce also pairs well with carrots. Blend cilantro, lime juice, garlic, olive oil, and salt to add this unique flavor to your carrot fritters.
- Avocado sauce. Pack in some Omega-3s with a creamy and rich avocado sauce. Blend avocado, lime juice, garlic, and salt to your desired texture.
Crispy Carrot Fritters
Carrots get a bad rap, but when done right, a cooked carrot can become a showstopper. Add a lower-carb golden crunch—along with a slew of healthy nutrients—to your next meal with our crispy carrot fritter recipe. It’s diabetes friendly and easy to put together.
- 5 carrots
- 1 large onion
- 1 egg, beaten
- ¼ cup grated extra sharp cheddar cheese
- 1/3 cup heavy cream
- 1 garlic clove, crushed
- 1 handful chopped cilantro leaves
- ¼ cup blanched almond flour
- 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil for frying
Wash the carrots, then grate them by pushing them through a food processor or using a grater. Once grated, put the carrot shreds into a bowl.
- Peel the onion; then, finely slice and stir into carrots, along with egg, cheddar cheese, heavy cream, crushed garlic, chopped cilantro, and almond flour. Season with salt and black pepper and stir until mixed.
- In a nonstick frying pan, heat olive oil.
- While the oil heats, scoop 3-4 tablespoon portions of batter and shape into a disk. Drop dollops of batter into the pan, one at a time.
- Fry until the bottoms are golden brown, then use a spatula to turn and let the other side color. Usually it takes about 3-4 minutes per side. Once both sides are crispy, dark gold, remove and set onto a plate.
A food processor or hand-held grater is needed to grate the carrots.
Calories 470, Carbs 27 grams, Fiber 8 grams, Fat 36 grams, Saturated Fat 13 grams, Protein 12 grams, Sodium 269 milligrams