Roasting is one of the easiest and most satisfying methods of cooking. Mastering this technique allows you to make a hands-off meal that you can prep in just a few minutes — perfect for hectic weeknights.
Use your oven to simplify the dinner process. With just an oven and some sheet trays, you can cook a whole meal without watching over a boiling pot. Roasting simplifies the cleaning process as well: if you line the pans with foil, you’ll avoid any cleanup at all.
Roasting is a simple method, and the same basic idea can be applied to almost anything: add oil (fat) to keep vegetables and protein from drying out, then sprinkle with some seasoning and you’re good to go. Once you master this part, you can roast anything you want.
Why take out 10 different pots and pans and cook everything separately when you can toss vegetables on the same tray as your protein of choice? To do this, you’ll want to know the cooking time for both the protein and vegetables. Fish is relatively quick-cooking (compared to say, chicken or meat), so choose vegetables that cook quickly, too, like asparagus or green beans, or cut longer-cooking vegetables like winter squash into smaller pieces.
The roasting process creates caramelized, intensely flavored vegetables that the whole family will love. Multitask without any effort; for a quick meal, roast vegetables while preparing a protein on your stovetop. The basic technique of roasting applies to almost all proteins and vegetables, so the dinner possibilities are endless.
Learn the ins and outs of roasting with a few simple recipes that will boost your confidence in the kitchen.
Citrus Glazed Roasted Carrots
Honey and freshly squeezed citrus juice add a bright and tangy flavor to this standard side dish. Click here to see the recipe.
Rare Roast Beef with Gravy
Roast beef is an essential (and easy) dish to master. Not only is it a hit on the night you serve, but you'll want to save the leftovers for killer roast beef sandwiches or a simple hash. Click here to see the recipe.