The Roots of Thanksgiving

Next to turkey’s starring roll (for many people) in Thanksgiving, root vegetables are likely the next most common food on the table.  And why not, they are spectacular in their own right!  My family does both creamy mashed potatoes and cavity-inducing candied sweet potatoes (same root we call yams) in a big way.  Naturally, onions and garlic are present as seasoning in many dishes and carrots are sometimes cooked with peas.  But with so many delicious roots, why limit ourselves?

Root vegetables
So many delicious roots! Do you know them all?

I asked you how you cook your turkey last week, have you ever cooked some root vegetables with or right after it?  There is a fried turkey every year for our family festivities.  (During the first few years of this we brought some Russet potatoes sliced in wedges to fry too.  Wow, did they disappear!  But the mashed potatoes  were still more popular, so we ended that.)  Grilled or roasted?  Sautéed?  Oh, the yummy possibilities!  Can you imagine the beautiful look, as well as flavor, of a bowl full of cooked red beets, yellow sweet potatoes,  orange carrots and white potato or parsnip tossed with thyme and olive oil?  I would then sprinkle a bit of chopped fresh parsley on it.

By the way, if you grow your own or find them attached, most of the tops (examples) are not just edible, they are delicious!

Suggestions for healthy and possibly more decadent root vegetable recipes from the internet.  Enjoy:

If you aren’t quite sure what all of the roots in the above picture are here is a quick reference:

  1. ShallotsID of root vegetables
  2. Red Onion
  3. Parsnip
  4. Celery Root (Celeriac)
  5. Rutabega
  6. Turnips
  7. Russet potato (baking potato)
  8. Yukon Gold potato (thin-skinned as are other specialty potatoes in various colors)
  9. Beet, red
  10. Carrots, they come in various colors too
  11. Radishes and their tops
  12. Garlic bulb
  13. Yellow Onion
  14. and 15. Both are sweet potatoes, sometimes they are labeled as yams but that is a very different root (see).

How did you do?  Hope you find something fun for your holiday gathering here.  Cheers!


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