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?
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:
- Thanksgiving Sweet Potato from Food & Wine
- Traditional Candied Sweet Potatoes from Epicurious
- Herbed Butter Parsnips from Tyler Florence: Food Network
- Mashed Potatoes from The Pioneer Woman
- Scalloped Potatoes from Simply Recipes
- 4 Turnip recipes from Real Simple
- Mashed Rutabaga with Sour Cream and Dill from Simply Recipes
- 38 Beet Recipes from Bon Appetit (no kidding, these are terrific)
- 10 Things to do with Celery Root from Sue Middleton (sixburnersue.com)
- Roasted Radishes from Epicurious
- 34 tasty carrot recipes from bhg (some are dessert, but lots are savory)
- Garlic, onions, shallots and the rest of the Allium family from Bon Appetit
If you aren’t quite sure what all of the roots in the above picture are here is a quick reference:
- Red Onion
- Celery Root (Celeriac)
- Russet potato (baking potato)
- Yukon Gold potato (thin-skinned as are other specialty potatoes in various colors)
- Beet, red
- Carrots, they come in various colors too
- Radishes and their tops
- Garlic bulb
- Yellow Onion
- 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!