When I was planning my cookbooks release party that happened a little while back I had to organize a menu for what we were eating. The up side of doing that was that I was able to satisfy the control freak in me and have everything that I wanted served to be there. But of course the down side was a massive amount of work added to the many deadlines that come with planning any sort of thing. Then again it could just be me being a terrible planner, I’m good at putting things of until the very last second.
One of the many dishes that I had prepared for the party were these root vegetables. We utilized only seasonal and local root vegetables from a local farm that’s nearby my favorite farm Yonder Way Farm. To my surprise people kept coming up to me asking me to clarify wether or not there were beets inside the root vegetables because they “hated beets but loved these”. Well folks, that’s the magic behind roasting vegetables. The outcome is a sweeter, slightly nutty tasting, and far more deeply flavored morsel; or more specifically, root.
An interesting thing to note is that everyone thought the recipe I had generalized for the catering company Royers was super simplistic yet everyone thought it was some sort of elaborate concoction. It really is quite wonderful to let beauty through simplicity shine by using fresh local vegetables. I also love how they get a little tie dye colored due to getting stained by the rich red from the beets. Although they make your cutting board look like a murder scene they tend to make other vegetables look quite pretty as long as you aren’t too violent with your mixing.
- 7 large carrots sliced at a diagonal
- 2 large sweet potatoes peeled and cut into 1 inch cubes
- 3 medium sized beets cut into 1 inch cubes
- 3 cloves of garlic thinly sliced
- 1½ tablespoons fresh rosemary chopped
- ½ tablespoon fresh thyme chopped
- ¼ cup butter or lard, melted (really you can use any cooking fat you want here, these are just my two personal favorites to use in this)
- salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees fahrenheit and line a rimmed baking sheet with foil.
- In a large bowl add the carrots, sweet potatoes, and beets. Add the garlic, rosemary, and thyme, then pour over the melted butter or lard or fat of choice. Season with salt and pepper and toss well to coat.
- Spread the root vegetables over the foil lined baking sheet so they are in a single layer and place in the oven for 40-45 minutes or until tender and lightly caramelized on the outside, shaking the tray and tossing them around a couple of time to ensure even cooking. Optionally, you can broil them for about 3-4 minutes after their done to get some extra caramelization on the outside of them.
This looks incredible! I love, love, love roasting vegetables; the transformation is incredible!
Amy Ayers says
The first photo here is just breathtaking!! Beatifully done once again.
Love roasted root veggies, great photos. Nice blog!
Andrea @ pencils and pancakes says
Roasting= amazing. Haha beets totally make my counter look like a murder scene!!
Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking says
Love roasted root vegetables! I’ve never roasted beets though. Must give this a try! Beautiful photos!
Love, love, love roasted anything! I have been roasting every veggie I can find, haven’t found one yet that isn’t sweetened by the process. Your blog is great, your book is beautiful – thanks!
Wow this look sooo delicious! I am going to the food store right now and I am excited to whip up these vegetables tonight. Can’t wait to buy your cookbook! And I think it is so great that you are inspiring others to become food nuts. We all must eventually ask ourselves the dreaded but necessary question of where does our food come from. Thanks!
I tried today and they are awesome! Thanks for introduce me to new flavors.
This recipe changed my life. I now love beets! I used to HATE them. Plus, this recipe is agreat way to get in some complex carbs if youre paying attention to macro ratios.
The 1st time I made it I used EVOO. Delish.
The 2nd time I omitted carrots. Pretty much because I don’t like them cooked.
I never liked beets, but I only tried them pickled in the past. I wanted to try them a new way and found this recipe and tried it. I used all organic ingredients and OMG! These were the best roasted veggies I have tried yet! Two thumbs up for sure! This will soon become a regular part of my menus! Yummy yummy!
Gong to try this tonight!! Question, do you peel your beats and sweet potato before cooking? I know that you can eat the skin on beats, I usually boil mine and the skin just falls off after. But I’ve never roasted them. To peel or not peel?
Slim Palate says
Do you peel the beets?
Slim Palate says
Can I add onions to this? Or will they burn?
Can’t wait to try this recipe!
Slim Palate says
Sure, just cut chunks about the size of the other vegetables. They make char a little but that’ll add some good flavor!
Can this be made ahead of time and reheated?
Slim Palate says
Yes it can, I recommend just pouring all the remnants and oil into the storage container. It may even taste better the next day!