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Roast Your Veggies Like a Gourmet

Roast Your Veggies Like a Gourmet

A delicious side of roasted vegetables is the perfect companion to any meal, but do you know that there are some expert tricks that will make your veggies the best they can be? We’re here to help you out with the advice you need to create the ultimate roast veggie dish.

Make a Perfect Match

There’s no science to roasting vegetables, but you can take them to the next level by pairing the right veggies together according to their flavour profiles or by the time they take to cook. Butternut and sweet potato, for example, have complementary flavours and they will take the same amount of time in the oven. The same applies to peppers and brinjals, and to onions and whole garlic cloves.

Cut to Size

If you want to use a variety of veggies that cook at different rates, try chopping the longer-cooking vegetables into smaller pieces and keeping your quick-cooking veggies whole. Or if you’re cooking a pan filled with all the same veggies, cutting them into even pieces will ensure they’re all cooked evenly and roasted to perfection.

Add More Flavour

Vegetables have such a great flavour on their own that all they really need is a dash of olive oil and a little salt and pepper. But if you want a little something extra, try sprinkling them with Knorr Roasted Vegetable Bake, or adding whole cloves of garlic and fresh herbs such as thyme and rosemary. Some veggies, like carrots and pumpkin, are great with a dusting of cinnamon and a drizzle of honey.

Finishing Touches

Everyone has their own special trick for roasted veggies, but here are a few that we love. Try using a potato masher to gently crush your veggies five minutes before they’re done cooking. This will give them an extra crispy finish and even more flavour.

You can also coat your vegetables in a little vinegar (anything from red wine vinegar to balsamic) before roasting them to bring out more of their natural flavour – don’t worry, the vinegar cooks away so the vegetables won’t taste acidic.

Another way to boost your veggie dish is slow cooking. Start the roasting process at a high temperature (about 200 °C). Then, once the veggies are nicely caramelised, turn down the temperature of your oven to about 150 °C and slow roast them until tender and delicious.

Now you have all the top tips to create the ultimate tray of roast vegetables. Enjoy them with grilled steak or chicken, or mix them up with a healthy grain like quinoa or millet for a delightful vegetarian dinner. So, the next time you are planning what’s for dinner, you are sorted!

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