Maple Roasted Root Vegetables

October 11, 2013
Maple roasted root vegetables are an easy vegetarian dish.  Root vegetables contain natural sugar and the addition of maple syrup highlights their sweetness.  If you love the combination of sweet and spicy, feel free a dash of cayenne pepper or chipotle chili powder to the mix.
2 mediums carrots, peeled and cut into 1 ¼ inch chunks
3 mediums parsnips, peeled and cut into 1 ¼ inch chunks
1 small ( ½ pound) yellow turnip, peeled and quartered
4 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
1/4 cup bourbon or rum
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Arrange carrots, parsnips and turnips in a single layer in shallow roasting pan.
Heat butter and maple syrup in a small saucepan just until butter is melted, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Add rum.
Pour maple mixture over vegetables and toss thoroughly to coat. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Cover pan with aluminum foil and bake 25 minutes. Remove pan from oven. Stir vegetables and bake, uncovered, until tender, 20 to 25 minutes longer.

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