Consummate Side Dish Recipe For Fall Vegetables
I'm always looking for great side dishes that are easy to make and don't take forever to prepare. For years I thought a meal was all about the main ingredient - a chicken breast, a pork chop, a piece of fish, but over the years, I've realized what you serve on the side with the "protein" is just as important or maybe even more critical.
I can show you how to pan-fry any of these main protein ingredients to perfection, but there are two ways to enhance these meals to take them to another level. One is making a pan sauce using the brown bits in the pan after frying, and the other is serving the dish with an incredible side dish, and this one is one of those great side dishes that will make you shine.
This fabulous side dish consists of apples, Brussels sprouts, butternut squash, and potatoes. I served it with pan-fried chicken and a pan sauce, both good, but the vegetables stood out. I hope you enjoy it.
Roasted Fall Vegetable Medley Recipe
- Preheat the oven to 475°F.
- Prep all the ingredients: remove the squash ends, peel it, cut in half length-wise, scoop out the seeds and then medium dice it; clean and medium dice the potatoes; peel the shallots and carefully cut them into eighths; wash, core and medium dice the apples.
- You need four teaspoons of minced lemon zest from the lemons. One lemon should give you enough zest, but if you need two, store it covered for another meal. I use a peeler to remove the lemon rind carefully and a knife to mince into zest.Lately, I've been using my mini food processor to make zest, especially if I can chop or mince other ingredients for the same meal. I needed the lemons for making a pan sauce for the protein part of the meal, but if you don't use them, store the lemon(s) in a container with a lid and use it for another meal.
- Transfer the potatoes, Brussels sprouts, and squash to a large bowl. Drizzle with some olive oil, season with salt & pepper, stir to combine, and transfer to a sheet pan (baking sheet).You can do this right on the sheet pan, but I find it easier to do this in a bowl to keep the ingredients from falling out. Be sure to arrange the potatoes and squash in a single layer, so all the ingredients cook evenly.
- Place the sheet pan in the oven and roast for 18 minutes until lightly browned.
- Carefully add the apples and shallots to the pan and stir to combine. I like using a spatula for stirring.
- Again, you could transfer the roasted potatoes and squash back to the bowl, add the apples and shallots, and stir to combine before transferring them back to the sheet pan. This will take a little longer, but it keeps the ingredients off the floor or the bottom of the oven, and we all know what happens when those oiled pieces of potato end up on the bottom of the oven.
- Roast all the vegetables for another 20 minutes or until the potatoes and squash are tender. You can use a knife or a fork to test the doneness.
- Add the lemon zest, stir, taste and adjust seasonings with a little salt and pepper.