Root vegetables often get a bad rap, so says Cook’s Country. I agree, they can be hard and fibrous and have often been prepared and presented in unappealing ways. But with a creative glaze and tempered cooking, this Roasted Glazed Parsnips and Carrots with Orange and Thyme recipe breaks out of its place as a humble side dish and gets ready to shine.
Cooking root vegetables in liquid transforms their fibrous textures into silky, tender morsels. Root vegetables do an amazing job of absorbing the flavor of the liquid they are cooked in. Chicken stock and water mixed with ingredients like onions, herbs and vinegar creates just the right addition. Sweeteners such as jellies, jams and syrups help bring out the natural sweetness of the vegetables and help tame any bitter flavors.
Our mistake was cutting the entire recipe in half. For only two of us, two pounds of veggies seemed like a lot, so we made it with a half-pound each of carrots and parsnips. What we shouldn’t have done was decrease all of the other ingredients too because ours ended up being a little too dry, not the silky, tender morsels described.
One other note, in Step 3, we would lengthen the time covered in foil to 25-30 minutes to allow the vegetables to steam in the liquid, then remove the foil and continue roasting for another 20 minutes or so. Anyway, we do plan to make again—but with all of the initial ingredients.
Roasted Glazed Parsnips and Carrots with Orange and Thyme
- 1 lb. carrots, peeled and cut into 2 by 1/2-inch sticks
- 1 lb. parsnips, peeled and cut into 2 by 1/2-inch sticks
- 2 tsp. minced fresh thyme leaves
- 1 Tbsp. cider vinegar
- 3 Tbsp. orange marmalade
- 1 tsp. grated fresh ginger
- Salt and pepper
- 3 Tbsp. unsalted butter (1 Tbsp. melted and 2 Tbsp. cubed)
- ½ cup water
- Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 450 degrees.
- Toss carrots, parsnips, 1 teaspoon thyme, vinegar, marmalade, ginger, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/8 teaspoon pepper, and melted butter in 13 by 9-inch Pyrex baking dish.
- Pour water over vegetables, cover with foil, and roast until vegetables just begin to soften, about 20 minutes.
- Remove foil and continue to roast, tossing occasionally, until vegetables are tender and browned and liquid is reduced to thick glaze, 20 to 25 minutes.
- Add remaining teaspoon thyme and cubed butter and toss. Adjust seasonings and serve.
Recipe from Cook’s Country