Roasted Root Vegetables
I want to serve roasted root vegetables at the seder on Monday night. If I roast the vegetables today (Tuesday) can I just leave them in the refrigerator until Monday evening? I can't imagine freezing them, but maybe that's the best way to keep them until Monday?
Also, when I want to serve them, I just have to re-heat them in the oven,correct.
They will lose some texture if frozen but I guess be ok. I personally wouldn't make them a week ahead and serve them. I would cut them up, toss them in olive oil and keep them tightly sealed raw in the fridge and then roast them fresh on Monday. potatoes though will discolor.
I never have good success with reheating roasted veggies, especially not a week later. They're fine for everyday weeknight eating, but not really a special occasion. I'd say cut them up in advance and maybe roast earlier in the day? Then reheat?
If you can, get rainbow carrots. I love roasting those. Sooo yummy and interesting with the slightly different flavors.
At Thanksgiving and Christmas, I use the below recipe, which is wonderful. What I do is cook them about 75% through in the morning and then stick them back in the last 20 or so minutes right before you want to serve them. This works perfectly. If you are low on oven space, these are also wonderful room temperature, so you could do them fully a couple of hours before and just let them sit.
ROASTED ROOT VEGETABLES WITH HERBS
Roast these up to four hours ahead; put them in to reheat just before dining.
Nonstick vegetable oil spray
1 pound beets, unpeeled, scrubbed, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 pound celery root (celeriac), peeled, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 pound turnips, peeled, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 pound carrots, peeled, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 pound parsnips, peeled, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 Bulb fennel, peeled, cut into 1 inch pieces
2 red onions, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 leeks (white and pale green parts only), cut into 1-inch-thick rounds
2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
1/2 cup olive oil
10 garlic cloves, peeled
Position 1 rack in bottom third of oven and 1 rack in center of oven and preheat to 400°F. Spray 2 heavy large baking sheets with nonstick spray. Combine all remaining ingredients except garlic in very large bowl; toss to coat. Season generously with salt and pepper. Divide vegetable mixture between prepared sheets. Place 1 sheet on each oven rack. Roast 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Reverse positions of baking sheets. Add 5 garlic cloves to each baking sheet.
Continue to roast until all vegetables are tender and brown in spots, stirring and turning vegetables occasionally, about 45 minutes longer. (Can be prepared 4 hours ahead. Let stand on baking sheets at room temperature. Rewarm in 450°F oven until heated through, about 15 minutes.)
Transfer roasted vegetables to large bowl and then serve.
Do you absolutely have to make them today? Not only would I not freeze them (they'll be a mess after reheating), but I certainly wouldn't make them over a week ahead of time. That's really pushing the freshness factor.
Roasted vegetables - like roasted anything - are best made fairly close to serving time.
Thank you, all. I heard you loudly and clearly and I decided not to do anything until the day of the seder (Monday).
Tom,thanks for the recipe. It looks great. Also, Magiesmom, have you cut them up, tossed in olive oil and left them in the refrig? I like the idea of preparing them in advance, I just want to be sure that sitting in some oil in the refrigerator for 5 days will be OK. Anyone think that is a good idea (or a bad idea)?
bxgirl, I HAVE indeed cut them, prepped them the day before.. I didn't do the olive oil but I put them in ziploc bags with the herbs, salt and pepper, etc, left them in the fridge overnight, and then just poured them into the pan the next day. Worked great! Anything you can do to save time the day before, do it!
You people are great!!
Thank you a million times.
On Sunday,I will cut up all the onions, parnsip,carrots etc, except the potatoes (i have sweet and red potatoes which I will cut-up on Monday and add), and I will not add oil. Ziploc bag works for me, and I have one less thing to do on Monday.
Thank you, thank you.