Carrot Puff may become your new favorite holiday side dish recipe! The souffle-like side dish that will capture your heart!
Carrots are often on our holiday table. Bill loves them with butter and a touch of brown sugar, but sometimes I even add bourbon and maple syrup. For a delectable twist, why not make this Carrot Souffle?
Why You Must Make
- This particular recipe for “Carrot Puff” was made famous around Indianapolis by a certain caterer. With eggs and baking powder to leaven, the carrot batter rises then sinks like a souffle.
- Since the egg whites aren’t separately whipped, the texture is denser than a typical dessert souffle, but it’s still a lovely addition to any meal. And it’s easier to make than a traditional souffle.
- It’s wonderful for holidays when salads can have marshmallows and vegetable dishes can have sugar!
From Amy: I make this all of the time for family get-togethers. So delicious and the kids who are very picky like it so we get veggies in. A huge win in my book.
The healthy dose of sugar makes it almost like a dessert, but it’s truly a side dish. You may want to save it for a special occasion—though I served this carrot casserole on a weeknight when my 90-pound mother-in-law was visiting and she went back for seconds!
Frequently Asked Questions
This carrot souffle calls for the following ingredients: carrots, butter, eggs, sugar, flour, baking powder, vanilla, and a touch of salt.
The addition of both eggs and baking powder ensures it “puffs” like a souffle.
It’s easy to gently microwave this carrot puff to warm up leftovers. Or cover the casserole dish with foil and reheat it in a 300° oven until heated through.
Although it puffs up like a souffle when it bakes, it doesn’t meet the criteria for being a true souffle. According to my Food Lover’s Companion, a souffle is a “light, airy mixture that usually begins with a thick egg yolk-based sauce or puree that is lightened by stiffly beaten egg whites.”
Tips for a Healthy, Colorful Plate
My mother taught me that a table (and a plate) should be full of color, texture, and pattern. Ever stylish and artistic, I took her word as gold. She never owned busy dishes—they were either glass, white or black so as not to compete with the beauty of the food she prepared. As a bonus, colorful foods are typically healthy foods. Adding fruits, vegetables, and salads to a meal provides color and nutrition.
We wouldn’t have mashed potatoes and cauliflower in the same meal. There needed to be a pop of color. That’s what this carrot puff provides. The gorgeous orange of this carrot recipe makes for a happy plate, don’t you think?
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Carrot Puff Recipe
An elegant carrot dish made popular by Thomas Caterers of Distinction
- 1 pound carrots, peeled and sliced
- 4 ounces butter (1 stick), melted
- 3 eggs
- ½ cup sugar
- 3 tablespoons flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Salt to taste
- Preheat oven to 275º.
- Cook carrots in salted water till well done. Drain well.
- Melt butter. In a blender, combine eggs, melted butter, sugar, flour, baking powder and vanilla. Blend well. Add carrots. Blend till combined.
- Bake in a greased 8 x 8-inch glass dish for 45 minutes, or until just firm. I used 3 smaller ceramic baking dishes and reduced the time.
Reheat gently in the microwave.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 279Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 134mgSodium: 379mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 2gSugar: 19gProtein: 4g
38 Comments on “Carrot Puff”
WINNING! My carrots have all just come through, can totes give this beautiful dish a whirl. Love the colour especially, it is very festive. 🙂
Your carrot puffs look delicious. We don’t usually have carrots during the holidays but these carrot puffs would surely be welcome. Have a lovely Thanksgiving tomorrow.
I have never heard if carrot puff! I am so curious now, I thought it was a potage at first. I am so putting this at the top of the to do list!
YES! This is totally amazing! Love everything which contains carrots!
Very cool! I would have never thought of this but I am excited to try it! With little kids at home I am all about finding a way to get more veggies in them!
Wow! This looks spectacular. Definitely going to be making this — and I know just which carrot-crazed friend I’ll be serving it to! Thanks! And Happy Thanksgiving!
Lovely color, and they look tasty indeed. Thanks Liz!
This carrot puff adds a pop of color to any table. I love anything souffle, so this is definitely gets my thumbs up. I also like that you didn’t beat the egg whites separately, makes the process even easier. Happy Thanksgiving, Liz!
This is something new to me! Since it’s got lots of carrots in it, I shall declare it a healthy dessert 😀
I love how simple this recipe is, yet so so extravagant all at the same time (with carrots too!)….Ill certainly be trying this out this thanksgiving!
Wow – that looks amazing Liz! A perfect side for the Thanksgiving or Christmas table. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!!!
I also have never heard of a carrot puff, but what a fabulous addition to any meal Liz! Creamy, luscious, light and packed nutrients, this is a winner any day of the week. The colors would make any holiday buffet glow with warmth. I love this and can’t wait to try it!
What a beautiful and delicious looking dish. I’d be almost tempted to see if I could pass it off as dessert:) An the name “carrot puff” makes me think it will be so light as it goes down – like eating an orange cloud.
This is such an interesting recipe Liz, I love the color of this carrot puff…vanilla is a nice touch.
Have a great week 🙂
I’ve never heard of carrot suffle before but it looks beautiful:@)
Yummy! I tried your carrot souffles before and really loved them 🙂
I love colorful foods too, but since I bake so much that can be tough. I feel like all the foods on my blog are brown. This carrot puff sounds great and definitely adds an autumnal pop of color. Happy Thanksgiving, Liz!
Such a gorgeous color Liz! It would add a note of cheer to any table!
If I had grown up in your mom’s home (or yours, for that matter), I’m sure I’d be a more well-rounded eater. I used to eat nothing but beige food with not a pop of color anywhere! lol This carrot puff is gorgeous and I’m sure is delicious besides being colorful. Hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Liz!
This is the first time I know of a carrot puff recipe. So new and so interesting 🙂