Steam the vegetables to speed roasting. The vinegar provides fruity, acidic zip and enough liquid to prevent the sugary maple syrup from burning. Serve with ham or roast chicken.
1 pound small beets, trimmed, peeled, and cut into wedges
1 pound parsnips, cut into (2-inch-thick) slices
1 pound carrots, cut into (2-inch-thick) slices
1/4 cup maple syrup
3 tablespoons cider vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons coriander seeds, crushed
2 teaspoons chopped fresh or 1/2 teaspoon dried tarragon
12 fresh thyme sprigs
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Fresh thyme sprigs (optional)
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 400°.
Steam first 3 ingredients, covered, 5 minutes. Place in a shallow roasting pan coated with cooking spray.
Combine syrup and vinegar; set aside.
Squeeze juice from lemon into a bowl; add lemon halves to beet mixture. Combine juice, oil, coriander, tarragon, and 12 thyme sprigs. Pour over beet mixture; toss well. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake at 400° for 30 minutes. Pour syrup mixture over beet mixture; stir well to coat. Bake an additional 30 minutes or until beets are tender. Discard lemon halves. Garnish with additional thyme sprigs, if desired.
This recipe is a bit time-consuming, but I love the flavors. I have made it as written and with just beets and carrots (it's flexible that way). There's something about the texture and flavor of the coriander that's so nice -- and as an extra bonus, my toddler can't get enough of these veggies. Worth trying if it looks good to you.