Roasting veggies like turnips and rutabagas enhances their flavors and spiralizing them means more caramelized, crispy edges in less time than diced. Combined with some fresh herbs, garlic, olive oil, and a bit of sherry vinegar, Quick Spiralized Root Vegetables make a tantalizingly tasty side for your favorite main course!
Surely you know by now my preference for roasting over a quick steam, sauté, or
heaven forbid boil? It's that maillard reaction that does wonderful things to food!
Prior to playing with roasting spiralized vegetables, I knew I had to count on close to an hour (especially with wedges) to get a browned and crisped exterior and a tender interior.
I have loved experimenting with my spiralizer in dishes like Spiralized Beets with Toasted Walnuts, Bleu Cheese, and Sage, but the beets get sautéed on the stove. Delicious indeed, but I had a nagging desire to try roasting some spiralized veggies.
We loved the results of spiralized sweet potatoes in my Low Carb Groundnut Stew with Chicken and Spiralized Sweet Potatoes! The textural contrast added so much to the dish...
I have a tendency to focus on main dishes (and a few cocktails 😉 ), and sometimes I feel like I need to balance that out with some healthy, easy sides. Quick Spiralized Root Vegetables definitely checks off both.
On this particular occasion, I used sweet potato, turnip and rutabaga. Beets work really well, and I have tried carrots, but they're kind of annoying to spiralize.
I find round or elongated but "chubby" vegetable work best. Oh, and don't toss that cylinder that is left behind! Add it to your zip bag of vegetable bits for stock. You do have a zip bag in the freezer for that purpose? I hope the answer is yes!
How to Make Quick Spiralized Root Vegetables
Whatever root vegetables you choose, you'll want 8-10 cups to serve 4. The photo above is an 8 cup pitcher, and it is over-filled. You can also see in the finished dish that the veggies shrink up quite a bit in the process of roasting.
The veggies are lightly seasoned with olive oil and sherry vinegar, tossed with fresh herbs (your choice), and sea salt and pepper (I'm a huge fan of Aleppo pepper if you can find it!).
My guilty pleasure is a knob of butter added during roasting, and stirred in as they cook. This really is a simple side dish, and you'll find it pairs well with many of your favorite foods!
Tips and FAQ
What other veggies can I spiralize and roast? Choose vegetables that can hold up to the high heat and roasting times like turnips, rutabagas, sweet potatoes and yams, beets, the solid end of butternut squash.
What herbs work well with the spiralized and roasted veggies? We like parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme. Haha. They all work well here. Less common, but perfectly appropriate, would be marjoram.
I hope you'll give this relatively quick, super easy, and very healthy vegetable side dish a try!