Christmas Roast Vegetables

This is a really easy Christmas recipe that is just perfect for those who don’t like vegetables. Try this recipe for deliciously sweet, crunchy, tasty vegetables this Christmas time.

Ingredients

  • 500g potatoes
  • 250g parsnips
  • 250g carrots
  • 4 tbsp. butter
  • 4 tbsp. olive oil
  • 8-10 garlic cloves
  • 2 or 3 bay leaves

Method of Preparation

Peel the potatoes and chop them into bite-sized pieces.

Chop the top and bottom off of the parsnips and cut in half or leave whole, depending on how big they are.

Chop the top off of the carrots and chop in half or leave whole, depending on how big they are.

Put them all into a big saucepan. Cover them with cold water. Remember, any vegetables that grow underground should start being cooked in cold water; anything that grows above ground you can cook in boiling water.

Add a good pinch of salt. Use garlic salt if you have it for an extra hit of flavour.

Bring the vegetables up to the boil and then cook them for about 15 minutes. At this stage, the potatoes should be slightly fluffy on the outside and a knife in the parsnips should tell you they’re about half-cooked.

Preheat the oven to 180C.

Pop them in a sieve and allow the water to drain off of them. Don’t shake them, leave them alone for now.

Whilst these are air-drying, put a large oven tray onto the heat on your hob. Put in the olive oil, then the butter, and allow them to melt together. Don’t put them on too high of a heat.

Leave the skin on the garlic cloves and pop them into the butter and oil. Add the bay leaves and swirl everything around so that the oil takes on the flavours of the bay and the garlic.

By now, the vegetables should be air-dry. If you need to shake them to fluff up the edges, do this now.

Put them into the oil. You should hear a sizzle – if not, your oil isn’t hot enough! Stir the vegetables around in the mixture and ensure that they are completely covered in the oil, butter, garlic and bay.

Put them in the oven and leave them alone for 30 minutes. Check them at this stage, and if they need any longer, put them in for a further ten minutes.

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