Sunday, October 2, 2016

Early Autumn Roast Veggies

I've been super busy lately, and also not cooking anything new.  So I haven't been around.  But I'm back today with this post that isn't even really a "recipe".  I saw it on The Kitchn's Facebook page. They posted a little how-to video on roasting any veggie.  I picked the same veggies they used and added a red onion.  I loved the red onion; it was my favorite part of this dish.  I think everyone knows how to roast veggies, but maybe this will inspire someone.  Go to The Kitchn to see the video (and read the helpful article, especially if it's your first time).  Next time, I'll just do sweet potatoes and red onion, because those were really good together.

Early Autumn Roast Veggies
from The Kitchn

1 to 2 pounds any vegetable (I used sweet potato, zucchini, yellow summer squash, and red onion)
1 tablespoon olive oil (more if needed)
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Mixing bowl
Measuring spoons
Baking sheet, oven-safe skillet, or baking dish

1.  Heat the oven to 425°F with a rack in the middle position.

2.  Chop up the vegetables: Cut the vegetables into uniform pieces so they cook evenly. Smaller pieces will cook more quickly; larger pieces will take a bit longer to cook. If your vegetables still have some moisture after washing, be sure to pat them as dry as possible; the more dry the vegetable, the better it will roast.

3.  Toss the vegetables with olive oil and salt: Transfer the vegetables to a mixing bowl. Toss with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Add more olive oil if the vegetables still look dry or don't seem evenly coated.

4.  Spread onto a baking sheet: Spread the vegetables out onto a baking sheet, into an oven-proof skillet, or into a baking dish. Make sure they are in a single layer with a little space in between; if they are too crowded, your vegetables will steam instead of roast.

5.  Estimate your cooking time: In general, softer vegetables, like green beans and cauliflower, will cook in 10 to 20 minutes, and tough, hard vegetables, like squash and potatoes, will take 30 minutes or longer. Large pieces will also take longer to cook than smaller pieces.

6.  Roast the vegetables until tender: Place the vegetables in the oven and begin roasting. Check and stir the vegetables every 10 to 15 minutes. Continue roasting until the vegetables are easily pierced with a fork or knife and they are showing crispy, charred bits at the tips and edges.

7.  Serve immediately: Transfer the vegetables to a serving dish and taste; sprinkle with additional salt or pepper if needed. Serve while still hot.
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