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Maple-mustard roasted vegetables recipe

maple-mustard roasted vegetables | pamela salzman

This is the first year that my Thanksgiving menu has not been finalized so close to Thanksgiving.  I am not freaking out yet, but I might need an intervention.  I come up with new recipes every year for the Thanksgiving classes I teach and then I want to include them in my personal Thanksgiving dinner.  The problem is, the last few years I have just added to the menu without taking anything off and I think I am now at maximum menu capacity.  Also, there’s no balance to a meal with four Brussels sprout dishes, now is there?  I keep asking my husband, “can we just take stuffing off the menu?”  And he looks at me like I’m crazy.  Then he asks me, “why don’t you take the sweet potato casserole off the menu?”  Then I look at him like he’s really crazy.  I think I’m just going to take my Thanksgiving CEO job a little more seriously and make the tough choices.  Some dishes just aren’t going to make the cut this year (unless I get a few more ovens and a few more hours in the day) and I am prepared to deal with the backlash from my people.

the veggies

all prepped

If you are still looking for a winner side dish or two to add to your Thanksgiving menu, then look no further than these delicious vegetables.  I think what every Thanksgiving table needs is a little more color, i.e. vegetables and a little more texture, i.e. something other than soft, mushy food.  I love this recipe because it’s more interesting than just roasting vegetables with olive oil or coconut oil.  A little sweetness from the maple syrup, some acidity from the white wine and a touch of tang from the mustard — how good does that sound?  No marshmallows, no canned cream of something, no swimming pool of heavy cream.  Just beautiful vegetables tasting like they should.  You can choose whatever vegetables in whatever quantities you like and they are all super nutritious so you won’t go wrong there.  But….I’ll tell you what you shouldn’t omit.  Love, love, love the parsnips, and the red onion and the Brussels sprouts.  If you’re trying to keep it simple, do those three (or sub halved shallots for the onion) and pick either butternut squash or carrots or sweet potatoes to join the party.

maple, mustard, wine, oil, thyme

ready to be roasted

A little advice though — one year I made 6 sheet pans of these in one oven — two pans side-by-side, three racks — and they didn’t caramelize as beautifully as I would have liked.  Too much vegetable closeness.  And they take a little time in the oven, so you need to plan for your turkey to rest for about 40 minutes and then allow 10-15 minutes for carving and that timing should be about right.  But if you are reheating stuffing, sweet potato casserole and other stuff, you’ll need to roast these veggies before the turkey goes in and then just do a quick reheat before serving.  That will work just fine.  And if there’s no way you have room to add these to this year’s Thanksgiving menu, there’s always Christmas dinner, which is less than four weeks after Thanksgiving.  Ok, now I’m freaking out!

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Maple-Mustard Roasted Vegetables
Serves: 6
  • ¼ cup unrefined, cold-pressed, extra-virgin olive oil or unrefined coconut oil
  • 2 Tablespoons 100% pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon whole grain mustard
  • 2 Tablespoons dry white wine
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves, chopped
  • ½ pound butternut squash, peeled and chopped into ½-inch pieces
  • 2 carrots, chopped into ½-inch pieces
  • 1 red onion, peeled and cut into sixths or eighths (keep root attached)
  • 2 parsnips, peeled and chopped into ½-inch pieces
  • 1 medium sweet potato (e.g. Garnet or Jewel), peeled and chopped into ½-inch pieces
  • 10 medium Brussels sprouts, halved
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. (I've noticed that darker sheet pans, even lined with parchment paper, caramelize vegetables better/more quickly than light-colored pans.)
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the oil, syrup, mustard, wine and thyme. Make sure the maples syrup is well incorporated. Add all the vegetables and toss to coat.
  3. Spread evenly between the two pans in one layer and sprinkle well with salt and pepper (about ¾ teaspoon salt or more.)
  4. Roast vegetables until tender and slightly caramelized, about 50 minutes, tossing after 30 minutes. You may need to rotate the pans if they are not side-by-side in the oven or if your oven has hot spots.
These are just examples of vegetables that work nicely together and with these flavors.  Feel free to concentrate on fewer vegetables, and use more of them.

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  1. This veggie dish was a huge hit at our Thanksgiving dinner. I will definitely serve it again!

    • Great! It’s so versatile, you can really make it fall and winter for any occasion. 🙂

  2. I’ve made this recipe several times. We love it! Due to oven space, I’m wondering what your thought are on making these either today or early tomorrow and then reheating right before we eat, Thursday night? If you think it would work how would you go about reheating? Thank you so much!!

    • I think you should cut and refrigerate the veggie today and make them tomorrow morning. Leave them out at room temperature. Then when the turkey is out of the oven reheat in a 350 degree oven either in the serving dish or on the sheet pans you cooked them on. Just enough to get them warm — shouldn’t take too long. 🙂

      • Thank you so much, Pamela. That is what I will do! Happy Thanksgiving!

        • You too!!

  3. I made these Christmas Day. My husband, who professes to not like vegetables, told me that he would happily eat these every day of his life. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!!!!!

    • That is the best response! Nice job!

  4. We have some beautiful beets in our garden. Do you think they would be a good addition or would they stain everything magenta?

    • I think they would be perfect in here. Just peel them before roasting. They should not turn everything magenta.

    • I think they would be perfect in here. Just peel them before roasting. They should not turn everything magenta.

  5. Pamela- Can the veggies be cut the day before or that morning, or will they turn color? also can you make the dressing for it the day before?

    • Hi Tracy! You can cut the vegetables the day before, except sweet potatoes — they start to get spotty — and refrigerate. You can make the mixture you pour on top for roasting the day before.

  6. Thank you so much for all of your helpful tips for Thanksgiving! It’s so generous of you to share your recipes and plans. I don’t have much of a say because my mom still hosts Thanksgiving and we’ve had the same menu since I can remember (we have some die-hard traditionalists that also might mutiny if certain items aren’t on the table.) But as I was reading your post about how everything is mushy and soft, I realized how right you are! I’m a huge veggie fan so I’m going to try to sneak this recipe in. Wish me luck 🙂 And thanks again!

    • Good luck! You’ll do a great job! 🙂

    • Thank you, Laura!

  7. this looks fantastic! and I would also definitely request it for Christmas as well!!

    • This recipe for 80 people on Christmas Eve? Ha! I’m thinking raw brussels sprout salad with poppy seed dressing.

  8. This is one of my favorite dishes. I have made these every year for Thanksgiving (since you had the class for us) and other holiday celebrations. Everyone loves them. I would make them for sure. Beautiful colors and the vegetables all go together so well.

    • Thank you, Carol!

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I come from a large Italian-American family with 28 first cousins (on one side of the family!) where sit-down holiday dinners for 85 people are the norm (how, you might ask – organization! But more on that later …).

Some of my fondest memories are of simple family gatherings, both large and small, with long tables of bowls and platters piled high, the laughter of my cousins echoing and the comfort of tradition warming my soul.

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