This is a Sunday roast with a difference and meat free so suitable for vegans. I have a lovely crop of red cabbages in my plot at the moment, the best that I have ever grown, so I’m feeling quite proud of myself. I have braised the cabbage in the past with apples, onions walnuts and spices, but roasting it results in quite a different texture, more solid but tender.
Roasting vegetables is so simple and tasty. The variations are many, the roast can be winter vegetables as in this case. When I’m in Northern Europe I love to add parsnips and celeriac. A summer roast would include peppers and aubergines flavoured with garlic and Rosemary. For the non vegetarians pieces of chicken or rabbit can be roasted with the vegetables. Rabbit with thyme is particularly good.
The only work is calculating in what order to add them to the roasting pan so that they are all perfectly cooked at the same time. Most vegetables need about 40 minutes, while potatoes need ten minutes more, so they are always first into the oven. I then usually put in anything from the onion family, onion wedges or leeks, roasting them for five minutes before adding the rest of the vegetables. Any nuts that you are adding only need a short time to heat and brown, so these go in ten minutes before the end of cooking.
2 or 3 medium potatoes – scrubbed and cut into wedges
1/4 red cabbage – cut in half as a wedge
6 small carrots – scrubbed
1 onion – peeled and cut into 4 wedges
1 leek – white part only – cut into 3 centimetre lengths.
1 courgette – cut into chunks
1 large apple – cored and cut into wedges
80 grams walnut halves
salt and freshly ground black pepper
Put the oven on at 200C or if a fan oven 180C to heat up with a large roasting tray in the oven.
Season the potato wedges and toss with enough olive oil to coat. Once the oven is hot, put the potatoes in the tray and roast for ten minutes.
Season and oil the onion wedges and leeks then add them to the potatoes. Roast for about 5 minutes
Season the rest of the vegetables and the apple and toss with olive oil to coat. Add to the roasting tray and put back in the oven. Roast for 30 minutes tuning the vegetables over half way through the cooking.
Add the walnut halves and put back in the oven to roast for another ten minutes.
Enjoy with a glass of red wine.