1 kilogram butternut pumpkin
3 medium pontiac potatoes
2 medium zucchini
6 baby yellow squash
2 red capsicum
6 French shallots
8 cloves Garlic
6 sprigs rosemary
300 grams rocket leavesarugula
150 grams marinated Persian fettaor any nice soft marinated fetta
extra virgin olive oil
aged balsamic vinegar
sea salt flakes
freshly cracked black pepper
I think most people have very fond memories of the Sunday roast dinner at a loved ones. Remember those vegetables; just thinking of them makes me wish I was there right now. Well with this recipe you can bring those memories directly to your taste buds on a regular basis without having to worry about all those relatives and all the trimmings. I have added a few extra varieties of vegetables for colour and texture.
Probably slightly different from how your grandmother did it, but equally tasty and also a slightly healthier way to have them.
- Preheat your oven to 200 degrees (390 fahrenheit)
- Cut the pumpkin in half and remove the seeds and soft flesh (skin can be either left on or off of the pumpkin)
- Cut the pumpkin, parsnip, potato and onion into 2 cm (1 inch) cubes.
- Peel the garlic cloves and leave whole.
- Peel the shallots and cut in half top to bottom.
- Cut the zucchini, squash, capsicum (no seeds) into a similar size as the pumpkin etc.
- Strip the sprigs of rosemary and finely chop the leaves.
- Cover the base of a large baking tray or two smaller trays with olive oil and place in oven for 3-5 minutes, (for that home baked country taste you can use dripping or shortening).
- Add the pumpkin, potatoes, parsnip, onion, eschalots, garlic and rosemary to the oil, gently toss with a steel spatula and return to the oven for approx 15 minutes.
- After 15 minutes, add the remaining vegetables, season with salt and pepper and toss once again to ensure all the items are coated in oil and return to the oven for a further 20 minutes.
- Remove the tray from the oven and allow to sit for a few minutes.
- Toss most of the warm vegetables with the rocket lettuce, some seasoning, a little of the oil from the pan and a touch of balsamic vinegar (not too much vinegar though as it will kill that freshly roasted flavour).
- Divide salad evenly among 4 plates and top with the remaining roast vegetables and some crumbled fetta cheese.
- Sit your guests down and eat ASAP as this is a dish best served fresh. The left over vegetables are great in a cold salad or pasta or pureed in a soup.