Roast Post: Vegetables 101
I love to roast anything and everything. I learned this method of cooking from Ina Garten, aka The Barefoot Contessa. I roast every single vegetable, including green beans. I make Ina's roast chicken almost weekly and it turns out perfect every time.
I roast cherry tomatoes for sauce and crostini toppings.
I roast all meats, poultry and fish.
Roasting at high heat retains the moisture and seals in the flavors & juices. When roasting vegetables, they become crispy and sweet with almost a nutty flavor.
My oven is filthy as you can see by a previous post (it has been cleaned since then), and it is always set to 425 or higher.
The smoke alarm is always ringing in this house!
Today I bought this cool stalk of brussel sprouts for $6.99. There were a lot of sprouts on this stalk, and they were all so green and beautiful. I have never seen them sold this way before. I cut each little cabbage head off w/ a paring knife, cut them in halves and roasted the little jewels.
Here is my basic recipe for roasting vegetables:
Liberally sprinkle kosher salt and olive oil over cut up vegetables of your choice.
Roast on a baking sheet until caramelized and brown. Usually 30 minutes does it for most vegetables. (Asparagus cooks quicker).
This week I have made every single vegetable this method, except for carrots, which I will do next week!
roasted sweet potatoes and new potatoes
roasted brussel sprouts
Two things happen when I cook - I make a mess (much to my daughters dismay - she's a neat freak!) and the smoke detector goes off!
The kitchen just happens to be near my daughters bedroom, so at least 5 times a week, during dinner making, she's running to shut her door to turn off the smoke detector!
I may have to try brussel sprouts again - I haven't tried them in ages, but yours look so good!