Moroccan Carrot and Goat Cheese Sandwiches with Green Olive Tapenade

Make ahead tip: Carrots can marinate up to 2 days. Tapenade can be made 1 week ahead and chilled, covered.

Total Time:
4 hr 25 min
Prep:
10 min
Inactive:
4 hr
Cook:
15 min

Yield:
6 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • Carrots:
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons sweet paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds medium carrots (about 8)
  • Tapenade:
  • 1 1/4 cups green olives (6 to 7 ounces) such as Cerignola or picholine, pitted
  • 3 tablespoons drained bottled capers, rinsed
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 flat anchovy fillet, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated fresh lemon zest
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 12 slices good-quality pumpernickel sandwich bread
  • 6 ouncse soft mild goat cheese (3/4 cup) at room temperature
  • Special equipment: an adjustable-blade slicer
Directions
  • To make the carrots: Whisk together sugar, lemon juice, spices, salt, and oil in a large bowl until sugar is dissolved.

  • Halve carrots crosswise on a long diagonal, then, starting from diagonal ends, cut into 1/16-inch-thick slices using slicer. Cook carrots in a 4 to 5-quart pot of boiling salted water until crisp-tender, about 45 seconds. Drain well in a colander and immediately toss with dressing. Cool to room temperature, stirring occasionally, then marinate, covered and chilled, at least 4 hours.

  • To make the tapenade and assemble sandwiches: Pulse olives with capers, parsley, anchovy, zest, lemon juice, and pepper in a food processor until coarsely chopped, then scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Pulsing motor, add oil in a slow stream and continue to pulse until mixture is finely chopped (do not pulse to a paste).

  • Spread tapenade on 6 slices of bread and goat cheese on remaining 6 slices, then make sandwiches with carrots.


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