Thursday, November 17, 2011

Recipe for Today - Thanksgiving sides - Sweet potato

The basis for this side dish is gremolata.  Traditional gremolata is an herb condiment, made with parsley, lemon peel and garlic. In this recipe, Parmesan and walnuts add richness and crunch that enhance the potatoes and parsnips in the recipe that follows.

GREMOLATA:3/4 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

For gremolata, place walnuts in a food processor; cover and process until coarsely ground. Transfer to a small bowl; stir in the cheese, parsley, lemon peel and juice, oil, garlic and nutmeg. Sprinkle over vegetables

Roasted Vegetables with Gremolata Recipe
3 pounds sweet potatoes (about 4 large), peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
1 pound parsnips, peeled and cut into 1-inch lengths
6 shallots, quartered
5 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon lemon juice

Place the potatoes, parsnips and shallots in a greased shallow roasting pan. Drizzle with 4 tablespoons oil; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake at 425° for 45-50 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Drizzle with lemon juice and remaining oil.

Serve witht he Gremolata on top or on the side.  Or use the Gremolata to season your main dish, like turkey or chicken.

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