Whether you’ve been a fan of the Barefoot Contessa for several years or you’re simply looking for a new root vegetable dish to try out, it’s well worth continuing reading to discover how to prepare the Barefoot Contessa’s delicious root vegetables.
How to prepare Barefoot Contessa root vegetables:
The following recipe has been designed to create 8 servings. However, if you have fewer guests to serve or more guests to serve, feel free to halve or double the following ingredients, in order to suit your family or the size of your dinner party.
As an example, if you plan on serving 4 guests, you may only need 1/2 a pound of pre-peeled carrots while if you plan on serving 16 guests you may require 2 pounds of pre-peeled carrots.
– 1 pound of pre-peeled carrots
– 1 pound of pre-peeled parsnips
– 1 large pre-peeled sweet potato
– 1 small pre-peeled butternut
– 3 tablespoons of premium, high-quality olive oil
– 1 and a half teaspoons of Himalayan rock salt
– Half a teaspoon of ground black pepper
– 2 tablespoons of chopped parsley
Step by step instructions:
1. Pre-heat your oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit
Before you begin dicing up your root vegetables make sure to pre-heat your oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. So that you won’t have to wait for your oven to heat up, once your vegetables are cut up nicely.
2. Cut all of your vegetables into 1.5-inch cubes
While you may be tempted to dice your root vegetables into1-inch cubes, keep in mind that your root vegetables will shrink in the oven. So you don’t want to dice your vegetables into pieces that are too small.
2. Cover two baking sheets with all of your chopped root vegetables
Your next step should be to cover two baking sheets with your root vegetables. However, make sure that each piece of your root vegetables is lying flat as if your root vegetables are piled on top of each other, they won’t cook through evenly. So remember, not to be tempted to pile all of your root vegetables onto a single baking sheet.
3. Drizzle your root vegetables with olive oil as well as your choice of herbs and spices
Your next move should be to drizzle olive oil over your root vegetables. Making sure not to be too heavy-handed when you’re drizzling olive oil over your vegetables as you don’t want to drench your root vegetables in olive oil.
Once you’re done, it’s time to season your root vegetables with your choice of herbs and spices. As an example, you can never go wrong sprinkling rosemary onto your root vegetables. Although you can also opt for lemongrass or thyme if you’re not fond of rosemary. Also, make sure to season your vegetables with Himalayan rock salt and black pepper.
4. Let your root vegetables cook for 35 minutes
After roughly 35 minutes your root vegetables should be thoroughly cooked and ready to cool down on your kitchen bench.
So if you’re keen to follow the Barefoot Contessa’s example and to create a mouthwatering, healthy dish, it’s well worth preparing her classic root vegetable recipe!