Roasting vegetables is a sure-fire way to extract flavor and elevate nearly any vegetable. Throw down your favorite veggie, some olive oil, kosher salt and freshly ground pepper and roast at a high heat for a crowd pleasing side. You can never go wrong with basics like asparagus, sweet potato, squash, carrots or brussel sprouts. But, sometimes the basics can get a little boring. My sister in law, Devora, inspired me to think outside of the box and roast different veggies like fennel and artichoke hearts. I found that squeezing fresh lemon juice on the veggies just as they come out of the oven adds a bright citrusy freshness. The lemon-parsley dressing in this recipe takes that concept to a whole new level. The dressing really pumps up the flavor and enhances the delicious roasted cauliflower in the best way. Don’t bank on adding the leftovers to tomorrow’s salad— there won’t be any.
Roasted Cauliflower with Lemon-Parsley Dressing
Adapted from Bon Appetit
1 head cauliflower
6 tbsp olive oil
freshly ground pepper
1 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley
1/2 tsp lemon zest
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
Preheat oven to 425. Toss the cauliflower with 4 tbsp of olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Put the cauliflower on a cookie sheet and roast for 35 minutes, tossing occasionally. Pulse the parsley, lemon juice, and remaining 2 tbsp of oil in a food processor until very finely chopped and season with salt and pepper. Toss cauliflower with lemon-parsley mixture and sprinkle lemon zest on top.
During one cruel summer at Park Day Camp, tuna fish was declared uncool by the Sisterhood of Evil, aka my seven-year-old peers. Those who dared to consume tuna were banished to eat lunch in the projects of grassy lunchtime real estate— far away from the cool crowd. That summer, mustard (my favorite sandwich condiment) and bangs (had ’em) also qualified as abhorrent. I might as well have just become home schooled. Even in middle school there was a period where fish was again uncool to eat. What the heck people? Fish is delicious. Fish is sophisticated and healthy. It can be prepared in any number of ways — roasted, poached, fried. It can even be served raw. Can you say the same about chicken? No. Salmonella anyone? So needless to say, the fish-haters did not get to me and I remained a loyal and fervent fish fan. Whenever I find a fish recipe that’s not tilapia or salmon, I get very excited. This mackerel recipe definitely intrigued me. Boldly flavored fish on a bed of crispy roasted potatoes with a tangy yogurt sauce. Yum. Quite frankly, if you don’t like it, you can sit somewhere else.
Mackerel with Crushed Potatoes
Based on this recipe from Bon Appetit
1 whole mackerel filleted, skin left on
5 tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper
4 cloves of garlic, crushed
1 tsp lemon zest
4 tbsp chopped parsley
1 tsp chopped basil
1 lb yukon gold potatoes or fingerlings
1/2 cup plain whole-milk Greek yogurt
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp white wine vinegar
Preheat the broiler. Place potatoes in a pot of boiling water, add a good amount of kosher salt. Let the potatoes cook for about 15 minutes. Drain and let cool. Put the potatoes on a sheet pan and using a measuring cup press the potatoes down to flatten slightly. Pour over 4 tablespoons of olive oil, crushed garlic and season with salt and pepper. Place under the broiler for 10-12 minutes. Meanwhile, whisk together the yogurt, lemon juice and vinegar and season with salt and pepper. Take the potatoes out and put the fish fillets skin side up on the potatoes and pour the remaining tbsp of olive oil on the fish and season with salt and pepper. Place the fish and potatoes back under the broiler for 10-12 minutes. The fish skin and potatoes should be crispy and delicious and the fish should flake easily. Top with basil, parsley, zest and sea salt. Spoon some yogurt sauce on your plate and top with potatoes and fish. Heaven. On. A. Plate.
This salad is another Smitten adaptation. I subbed white beans for chickpeas and used kalamata olives instead of green olives. Grape or cherry tomatoes would also be a great (and colorful) addition in here. This pairs especially well with the Sesame-Spiced Turkey Meatballs.
Smashed White Bean Salad
Adapted from The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook
1 can white beans
1 tsp lemon zest
1 clove garlic
drizzle of olive oil
juice of 1 lemon
2 tbsp chopped parsley
handful of chopped kalamata olives
salt and pepper
Mix everything together, be sure to partially mash some of the white beans.