Roasted Root Vegetables

Roasted Root Vegetables

Rachel Willen


  • 1 1/2-2  Teaspoon  cinnamon

  • 1 Tablespoon  cumin
  • 1/2 Teaspoon  nutmeg, preferably freshly ground
  • Juice of 1  orange (about half cup)
  • 1/3 Cup  chicken or turkey stock
  • 1/2 Cup  honey

  • 1 Teaspoon  kosher salt, or more to taste
  • 16 Ounces  baby carrots, halved lengthwise
  • medium-sized parsnips, peeled and cut into one-inch cubes

  • medium-sized purple top turnips, peeled and cut into one-inch cubes

  • butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into one-inch cubes

  • 1/2 Cup  raisins

  • 1/2 Cup  dried cranberries

  • 6-8   dried apricots, diced

  • 3-4   pieces crystalized ginger, diced finely
  • 1 Teaspoon  orange zest, for garnish (optional)

Honey, raisins, dried cranberries and apricots, crystallized ginger, and a touch of orange zest lend a sweet and zesty flavor to a healthy Thanksgiving side dish.

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Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

In a medium-sized saucepan combine the cinnamon, cumin, nutmeg, orange juice, stock, honey, and salt and bring to a simmer, or heat until the honey is well distributed within the liquid. Place all of the remaining ingredients except for the zest in a large roasting pan and add the liquid mixture, tossing to coat evenly. Cover tightly with a snugly fitting lid or aluminum foil. (This will allow the vegetables to steam and par cook.)

Roast for 25 minutes covered. Remove the cover, and gently toss the vegetables to recoat in liquid. Roast until the vegetables are nicely glazed and lightly browned, about 20 more minutes. Garnish with the orange zest. Serve warm. 

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