Thursday, December 4, 2008

Roasted Winter Vegetables

This is another recipe that originated with my mother-in-law (she's a great cook!).  The particular combination of ingredients is very pleasing.  If you can't get local fennel, try some celery and a little apple in its place.  The walnut oil really adds something to the flavor, but if you don't have any, olive oil is fine.

1 smallish sweet potato, cubed
1 smallish bulb fennel, in wedges
8 oz. potatoes, cubed
6 oz. shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and halved (or quartered if very large)
4 large shallots, quartered (or 1 medium onion, in wedges)
3 Tbsp walnut oil
2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar (1 Tbsp + 1 Tbsp)
1 1/2 tsp salt (coarse if possible)

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Toss the vegetables with the walnut oil, 1 Tbsp of the balsamic vinegar, and the salt.  Spread in the pan and roast for 30-35 minutes.  When done, sprinkle the remaining 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar over them and serve.

Serves 3-4.

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