Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Delicious Roasted Veggies

The above combination of vegetables makes a delicious side dish for chicken or beef. I realize that parsnips are not a foreign product, but I had not roasted parsnips until a friend of ours from Herefordshire, England, served them to us when we visited their home.

Now I use parsnips often, and have even raised them in my garden the past two years. They're amazing. They grow like carrots, except they're very long!! I'm sure they're something that Bilbo and his friends ate for dinner. I think parsnips are best in a mixture like this, and definitely roasted so that they're browned and crispy on the edges. Parsnips have a sort of 'perfumey' quality to them. (My spell checker is questioning this, but it's also questioning Herefordshire, so I don't consider it to be reliable anyway.)

As you can see, the mixture I used was the following:
  • Sweet potatoes, pared and cut into chunks
  • Carmen (or red bell) peppers, seeded and cut into large pieces
  • Potatoes, scrubbed and cut into chunks. I like to leave the skin on.
  • Onion, peeled and cut into chunks
  • Parsnips, pared and cut into smaller chunks, for they take longer than potatoes to cook thoroughly

Put the above ingredients into a large Ziploc baggie and pour 1/4 c. (or less) olive oil into the bag. Shake until oil coats all veggies. Pour out onto a large jelly roll pan.

Sprinkle with coarse pepper, garlic powder, sea salt, and a little cayenne.

Bake in a preheated 400 degree F. oven for 30 - 45 minutes, and it's a good idea to turn these over at mid point so that both sides will get crispy.

And here is the result -
Delicious!!!

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28 comments:

Michelle said...

Looks pretty and delicious! We love roasting potatoes and carrots here. I've never had a parsnip before. I'll have to get one to try sometime and it sounds like roasting is a good way to cook it.

Cindy said...

Looks delish! I'm a new follower from the Tuesday Tag Along and I would appreciate it if you could follow me back. http://itsfoodtastic.com

Thanks,
Cindy

partialemptynester said...

Parsnips!!! So that's what those are? I've seen them next to the carrots in the produce department and simply glanced over them without a thought! I'm definitely picking some up next time I'm there! Thanks for the tip!

Jenn said...

Those roasted veggies look wonderful! I must admit, I have not ever cooked with parsnips...and I've only had them once..and it was a parsnip puree, which was really good. Maybe I'll have to pick some up next time I'm at the store!

Carrie said...

looks really good! I'm always looking for new ways to do vegetables.

Lana said...

Yumm! Cann you put that in a box and mail it to me? I am sure it will smell just as good as my soap box (NO pun intended) ;-)

Gail @ Faithfulness Farm said...

We LOVE roasted veggies...expecially parsnips! Great post :)

Blessings!
Gail

Candace said...

We roast potatoes here..along with squash, onions, peppers and tomatoes from time to time. I had never eaten a parsnip until my husband's grandmother prepared them for Easter one year right after I joined the family. I loved them! She didn't roast them; but I am sure they are delicious that way. They aren't very common in my area at all. Thanks for sharing this. I'm hungry now! Candace

Denise said...

Looks very good.

Mama Hen said...

Once again this looks delicious! I am hungry just looking at these! Have a great day my friend! How is that beautiful grandbaby doing? :)

Mama Hen

Mike and Michele said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog and I love roasted veggies, I make these a lot!!

Ma What's 4 dinner said...

Oh yum, that's some good eats right there. Ok, now I'm hungry...

Lots of yummy love,
Alex aka Ma What's For Dinner
www.mawhats4dinner.com

Rachel said...

You realize if you keep posting all this good food, you are going to have to have me over for supper sometime! ;)

:)
Rach

alicia said...

Great idea. I really need to do this more. And so glad you linked it up to tasty tuesdays.

Linda said...

I love roasted veggies. I'm not sure I've ever cooked parsnips or even eaten them. Now you have me curious. I'll have to pick some up at the store.

Cranberry Morning said...

I can see that the poor, neglected parsnip needs to get out more - to be assertive in the produce aisle, to speak up for itself! Let's all go out and buy parsnips just to give them a fighting chance!

We are the parsnips of yesterday,
Shoulder to shoulder, into the fray
Our daughter's daughters will adore us
As they sing in grateful chorus
Well done, well done, roasted Parsnips!!!

thank you, all! :-)

I attribute this to a lack of sufficient sleep last night. Sorry.

Julie said...

I love roasted vegetables. I almost bought parsnips at the Farmer's Market last weekend. Now I wish I had.

Cassiopeia said...

Judy that looks so yummy! I haven't tried that particular combination of veggies before. I think I'll give it a try this week!

Thanks.

Deborah said...

I love this combination of vegetables together and parsnips are one of my favorites. It looks so good! :)

Diana said...

I have got to do this soon!!! YUM....

Stacey said...

Sister Suffragettes! LOL! Now that IS random...how do you mix parsnips and Mary Poppins? :D Have a great day with lots of love from all of us...

Cranberry Morning said...

Random. that's a good word to describe how my brain often works! Actually, the word 'tangent' also comes to mind. :-)

But hey, you totally GOT IT. See? I knew someone would. :-)

Yenta Mary said...

I absolutely LOVE roasting vegetables! And I love parsnips, which many people surprisingly don't like ... all the more for me! These look so, so good ... :)

Sherry @ Lamp Unto My Feet said...

I love roasted veggies! To tell you the truth, I have never had a parsnip... Weird, I know.. :)

Busy Working Mama said...

YUM. Parsnips are so underutilized in most cookbooks. Thanks for the recipe.

Cranberry Morning said...

I decided to post this information also, in case any of you decided to plant parsnips next year. Parsnips should be planted in early spring (check the seed packet for that information) and they take about 21 days to germinate, so don't give up on them. And unless you have a winter like ours, where we get frost as deep as 5-7 feet, parsnips can be left in the ground and dug up as you need them. So if I lived in a milder climate, that's what I'd do.

Lisa said...

That looks like a great combo of veggies, I will have to try it.
Thank-you for the wonderful and encouraging comment you left on my blog today. I really appreciate it.
I love your blog and your wonderful recipes.
Keep up the good work.
Have a wonderful week.
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Naomi said...

That looks delicious!! I am going to try the Watergate Cake for my family, and the tuscan Chicken soup!! Yummo! Thank you

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