A short article this time suggesting a mixture of flavours that suits sweet root vegetables like sweet potato, parsnip and carrot and really gives a roast dinner a Christmas feel.
Ingredients (Serves 3-4 easily)
6 Small Sweet Potatoes
1 Red Onion
1tsp Chinese Five-Spice Powder
2-3 whole Star Anise
Black Pepper to taste
Cut the carrots and parsnips into your choice of shape, pieces around 0.5-1.5″
Peel the sweet potatoes and cut into cubes of about 1-2” side length
Cut the red onion into eight wedges
Place the prepared vegetables in a roasting tin and coat with oil
Mix together the powdered spices and dust the vegetables with them
Grind black pepper over the vegetables and add the garlic cloves (if using) and star anise
Roast in a pre-heated oven (for a fan oven try 40-45 minutes at 180-200 degrees) until the vegetables are well-cooked, agitating as needed to stop them sticking to the pan. Serve with roasted meat
As an alternative, use regular potatoes instead of sweet potatoes.