Thursday, January 27, 2011

#543 - Maple Root Vegetables

Did I ever tell you that I worked on a cooking show?

Let's just say I gained a few pounds because I tried almost EVERYTHING!

Here's one of my favorite recipes for the colder months from Nathan Lyon:
Maple Root Vegetables
3 small sweet potatoes (about 1 pound), peeled, scrubbed and cut into wedges
1 pound baby carrots, washed and tips/greens discarded
5 small parsnips, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces, tips/core/greens discarded (if you don't have this, just use more carrots and sweet potatoes)
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup real maple syrup
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
Juice of one lemon
Juice of one small orange
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and position a rack in the center of the oven.

In a large bowl, combine all of the above ingredients, in addition to a few good grinds of pepper and a teaspoon of salt, and then using your hands or a spoon, fold to evenly coat the vegetables.

Pour the contents of the bowl onto a baking sheet, lined with foil and roast, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are browned and tender, approximately 25 to 30 minutes. Season to taste.

I might make it tonight.


Brandon and Lindsay said...

this looks yummy - i'll have to try. never cooked with parsnips, though. are they similar in flavor to potatoes?

tvmom said...

hey lindsay,
i don't know if i know what parsnips taste like b/c with the maple just all tastes so good. i think my best guess is that they taste like carrots...texture is like carrots. They are hard to find, so you could just sub in more carrots and sweet potatoes :)

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