The simplicity of these roasted winter root vegetables allows their true flavours to shine – especially when finished with fresh herbs, lemon and ricotta salata.
- 1 bunch baby beetroot, scrubbed, trimmed and halved if large
- 1 bunch baby (Dutch) carrots, scrubbed, trimmed and halved
- 1 fennel bulb, trimmed and cut into 8 wedges
- 3 small parsnips, scrubbed, trimmed and quartered
- 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra to drizzle
- 40 g ricotta salata (see Note) or sheep’s milk feta, crumbled or coarsely grated
- 1½ tbsp oregano leaves
- 1½ tbsp chopped flat-leaf parsley
- 1 lemon, zest finely grated
- lemon wedges or cheeks, to serve
Oven temperatures are for conventional; if using fan-forced (convection), reduce the temperature by 20˚C. | We use Australian tablespoons and cups: 1 teaspoon equals 5 ml; 1 tablespoon equals 20 ml; 1 cup equals 250 ml. | All herbs are fresh (unless specified) and cups are lightly packed. | All vegetables are medium size and peeled, unless specified. | All eggs are 55-60 g, unless specified.
Preheat the oven to 220°C (200°C fan-forced)
Toss the beetroot, carrots, fennel and parsnip with the oil to coat. Spread over the base of a roasting dish and bake for 40 minutes, tossing once halfway through baking, or until the beetroot is tender when pierced with a skewer.
Remove the vegetables from the oven and transfer to a serving platter. Drizzle with a little more oil. Combine the ricotta salata, oregano, parsley and lemon zest and scatter over the vegetables. Serve warm or at room temperature with lemon wedges.
• Ricotta salata is an Italian ricotta cheese that has been pressed, salted and aged for at least 90 days. It has a wonderfully salty flavour and firm texture which is perfect for crumbling, slicing or grating.
Photography by Alan Benson. Styling by Sarah O’Brien. Food Preparation by Tina McLeish.
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This recipe is part of our Bakeproof: Winter root vegetables.