Monday, December 31, 2012

Oven Roasted Root Vegetables

This year at Thanksgiving I was assigned a vegetable.  Since I like to cook and like to fancy things up a bit, I decided that the time had come for me to make this recipe that I had had my eye on for a while.  It was a HUGE hit and I ended up making it for Christmas dinner as well.

  • 1 large butternut squash (1 1/2 to 2 pounds) halved, seeded and peeled
  • 3 large Yukon gold potatoes (1 1/2 pounds), scrubbed
  • 1 bunch medium beets, (about 1 1/2 pounds), scrubbed and tops trimmed
  • 1 medium red onion
  • * 2 large parsnips (about 8 ounces)
  • 1 head garlic cloves separated, and peeled (about 16)
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil plus more for drizzling
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper


Place 2 baking sheets in the oven and preheat to 425 degrees.
Cut all the vegetables into 1 1/2-inch pieces. Cut the onions through the base core to keep some of the layers in chunky pieces. Toss all the vegetables with garlic, olive oil and salt in large bowl. Season generously with pepper.
Carefully remove the heated baking sheets from the oven, brush or drizzle with olive oil. Divide the vegetables evenly between the 2 pans, spreading them out to assure they don't steam while roasting. Roast the vegetables until tender and golden brown, stirring occasionally, about 45 minutes to 1 hour.
*The second time I made these I skipped the parsnips all together.  They were good, but not necessary for this dish.