I used to think that I could be a vegetarian.
Then it sort of morphed into a “baco-vegetarian” when I realized how yummy bacon is on salad greens and how life without the occasional pulled pork sandwich is only slightly preferable to a gulag. And once I reached that point, I realized that I might as well call myself a “baco-gelata-vegetarian” given my goal of keeping a gallon of homemade chicken stock in my freezer at all times.
And if you are willing to go that far, you might as well just admit that you are a carnivore who tries to eat as many veggies as possible.
So this is my New Favorite Thing. It started a couple weeks ago when I tried to force myself to make my veggies en papillote, but it was a cold night and I wanted something more comforting.
I take no credit for the following dish this being uberoriginal or that interesting. What it is, however, is very tasty, relatively inexpensive, easy, nutritious, comforting and flexible.
Basically, chop up “a bunch” of veggies, toss them in a little bit of olive oil and salt, then roast them in a hot oven until they soften and caramelize.
Please allow me to elaborate:
1/2 red pepper, chopped.
2 leeks, cleaned and chopped
2 carrots, cleaned and chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
5 button or “baby bella” mushrooms, cleaned and quartered
1/2 each green and yellow zucchini, chopped
1 pinch salt
2 t olive oil
1. Oven to 425
2. Chop up everything.
3. Place veggies in roasting pan. Think 9 by 13 baking dish or larger so that the liquid has room to evaporate. Otherwise you ar basically boiling the veggies.
4. Wonder why Jeff did not add broccoli to the recipe.
4a. Because roasting broccoli is annoying. The “skin” doesn’t respond well to high-dry heat.
5. Place pan in the oven.
6. Give it a quick stir in ten minutes.
7. cook for 20 minutes total or until the veggies have browned to your liking.
This is one of the few dishes I’ve tried that tastes rich but not heavy, and the high heat really teases out the sweetness of the vegetables.
This serves two. This serves two very hungry people if you throw in a piece of bread and maybe a couple ounces of your second favorite pork product. Which, in my case…
Or you can save room and have a cookie for dessert.