Looking for an Easter side dish? Try this quick and easy roasted veggie recipe!
Roasting the veggies in oil, then adding butter for the last few minutes of cooking adds a lovely, complex flavor. The trick to roasting vegetables is to make sure you wash and thoroughly DRY your veggies. I pat mine down with a kitchen towel. If your veggies are too wet they will steam and wilt instead of getting nice and brown. Also, make sure you use a rimmed baking sheet (like a cookie sheet) rather than a pan with tall sides.
I used maitake mushrooms, because I love them. However you could sub any hearty mushroom of your choice. Spring for a bottle of fancy, aged balsamic vinegar (go on – you are worth it!). I found this fig balsamic at New Seasons. The slightly sweet flavor compliments the rich earthy mushrooms. Try it and let me know what you think.
Balsamic Roasted Asparagus And Mushrooms
- 1 lb. asparagus, trimmed, washed and dried
- 8 oz maitake mushrooms
- 3 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
- 1 Tbsp fresh thyme leaves
- Aged balsamic vinegar (I used fig)
- Handful of arugula or other sturdy salad greens
- Preheat oven to 450°. Line a baking sheet with foil.
- Place asparagus and mushrooms in prepared pan. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Lovingly massage your veggies to make sure everybody has a nice coating of oil, then spread them out in a single layer (use two pans if necessary, no crowding!).
- Roast veggies in preheated oven until just charred and tender – about 15 minutes.
- Remove from the oven, add butter and thyme leaves, toss to coat, pop them back in, and roast for another 5 minutes.
- Arrange greens and roasted veggies on a platter and drizzle with a generous splash of balsamic vinegar.
I made this into a couple of meals. First I put together a dinner salad with arugula, roasted veg, and grated Parmesan, paired with baked chicken and rice. Then for breakfast the next day, I made salad eggs (veggies mixed with scrambled eggs – see photo below). You could also serve your roasted veggies over mashed potatoes, or pasta.
Some notes: You may have noticed in the second photo up above that I used two separate cookie sheets. I wanted to make sure the asparagus and mushrooms were evenly cooked, but not burned. Next time I will cook them in the same pan, as they had similar cooking times, and plenty of room to be happy. The asparagus I bought were pretty big – I like mine pencil sized – so I sliced them lengthwise. I don’t think the size of the stems makes a difference in this recipe (and it added to my prep time) so I left that part out.
Who is this person to try to tell me what to eat??? Well I’m a Portland (Sellwood), Oregon based personal trainer and licensed massage therapist. I offer this recipe both to tickle your taste buds, and to bring you over to the dark side (a love of chicken skin and bacon, cooking with healthy fats, eating veggies with every meal, drinking wine when the day calls for it, eating for pleasure, not counting calories, sharing meals with friends and family…) Please see your medical professional for specific dietary advice.
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