Christmas vegetables – Everyone's Dinner

Christmas vegetables

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  • 1.5 kg King Edward potatoes
  • ½ a bulb of garlic
  • ½ a bunch of fresh rosemary
  • olive oil
  • 50 g unsalted butter
  • 2 kg parsnips
  • 2 tablespoons runny honey
  • ½ a bunch of fresh thyme
  • 1 kg Chantenay carrots , (or use small regular carrots cut in half lengthways)
  • 1 orange
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  1. Preheat the oven to 220°C/425°F/gas 7.
  2. Peel and halve the potatoes, then parboil in boiling salted water for 10 minutes. Drain in a colander and leave to steam dry for 2 minutes, then give the colander a few shakes to chuff up the edges.
  3. Squash the garlic cloves with the back of knife, separate the rosemary into sprigs, then put half to one side. Scatter the rest over the potatoes with the garlic, a pinch of sea salt and black pepper, 4 tablespoons of oil and 30g of butter. Toss again.
  4. Tip into a roasting tray and arrange in one layer, then roast for 45 minutes, or until golden.
  5. Scrub the parsnips clean, then slice in half lengthways. Parboil in boiling salted water for 10 minutes, then drain well.
  6. Pick the thyme leaves. Toss the parsnips with the honey, thyme, a pinch of salt and pepper, 10g of butter and 2 tablespoons of oil.
  7. Tip into a roasting tray and arrange in one layer, then roast for 40 minutes, or until golden.
  8. Peel the carrots, then place in a pan of cold salted over a high heat. Bring to the boil, and cook for 15 minutes, or until tender, then drain.
  9. Meanwhile, pick and finely chop the remaining rosemary, then finely grate the orange zest and mix together.
  10. Toss the cooked carrots with the remaining butter, season with salt and pepper, sprinkle with the orange zest and rosemary, then serve.

Categories:   Vegetarian