The carrots in this recipe are coarsely mashed with leeks and parsley for a quick, bright dish that sings of spring, even when it’s still cold outside. Because the carrots are mashed, not mushed, they’re a far cry from the baby food texture that makes so many cringe.
- 1Bring a large pot of heavily salted water to a boil over high heat. Once water boils, add carrots and cook until very tender, about 12 to 15 minutes.
- 2Drain carrots and let sit, undisturbed, so they “steam dry” for a few minutes. Return pot to stovetop over medium-low heat and add butter. Once butter foams, add leeks, season well with salt and freshly ground pepper, and cook until leeks are soft and wilted, about 2 minutes.
- 3Add carrots and stir to coat. Pour in half-and-half and, using a potato masher or large fork, coarsely mash up the mixture. Mix in parsley, taste and adjust seasoning as needed, and serve.