“Once a Cheater Always a Cheater, Leopards Don’t Change Their Spots” Maple Glazed Root Vegetable Medley

By Jackie DeKnock  ,   

September 20, 2015

Slightly caramelized, root vegetables with a beautiful medley of colour and flavour.

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  • Yields: Serves 2 (with leftovers for you!)


4 large carrots, peeled

8 large parsnips, peeled

4 large sweet potatoes, peeled

1 large butternut squash, peeled & seeded

2 large shallots, peeled and quartered

3 tablespoons dark maple syrup (Grade A Dark Amber if possible, if not substitute with honey)

4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg (has to be fresh!)

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1 ½ teaspoon dried thyme (3 teaspoons fresh)

1 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


Preheat oven to 375 F (190 C).

Cut the vegetables into 1 inch (2.5 cm dice) and place in a large bowl. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Mix together the maple syrup, olive oil, nutmeg and cinnamon, pour over the vegetables and toss to coat. Place the vegetables, plus shallots on the baking sheet.

Sprinkle with thyme, salt and pepper.

Bake at for about 30-45 minutes 30 Minutes, until the vegetables are tender and lightly browned. Turn vegetables several times during baking so that they cook evenly and are fork tender. Do not allow vegetables to become too browned, or they may become bitter. Enjoy this delicious medley comfortably sitting beside your turkey (I mean the dish)!

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