Roasted Spring Root Vegetables
Recipe by Damon Lee Fowler, featuring
Salt Table Hostess City Southern Hospitality Blend
Our “roasting” is really roasting but high temperature baking, but never mind: This is a popular and simply beautiful way to prepare fresh spring vegetables. The special blend of herbs in The Salt Table’s Hostess City Southern Hospitality Blend are the perfect seasoning for this method and simplifies the preparation since the seasonings are already perfectly blended.
8 very small carrots with tops attached
12 small fresh radishes with tops attached
8-12 very small red or gold new potatoes
8-12 small shallots
8 small baby turnips, with tops attached
Extra-virgin olive oil
Hostess City Southern Hospitality Blend or use another great Salt Table blend noted below
2 tablespoons finely chopped Italian parsley or blend of fresh herbs, optional
HOW TO MAKE IT:
- Position a rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat to 450° F. Trim off all but 1 inch of the carrot tops. Wash, and if they’re not freshly gathered, peel, and cut them on the diagonal into 2-3 pieces. Wash and trim the radishes, leaving an inch of their tops attached, and halve them. Scrub the potatoes and halve them. Trim and peel the shallots, but leave them whole. Wash the turnips and trim them, leaving 1 inch of tops attached, then halve or quarter them.
- Drizzle a large, heavy-bottomed roasting pan or heavy rimmed half-sheet pan with oil. Spread the vegetables on the pan, drizzle with more oil, and toss to mix and coat. Spread them flat (they should have room around them) with the potatoes cut-side-up, and season well with Hostess City Southern Hospitality Blend. Roast 8 minutes, stir, turning potatoes cut side down, and roast, stirring occasionally, until tender and lightly browned, about 10-15 minutes more.
- Taste and adjust the Hostess City Southern Hospitality Blend. Toss well and sprinkle with the optional parsley or other herbs, if using. Serve at once directly from the roasting pan.
* Other The Salt Table blends that are compatible with this recipe include Southern Herb Garden Grinder Blend, All Round Good Grinder Blend, Southern Italian Grinder Blend and Savannah River Street Cobblestone Blend