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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.