Roast and Toast

I had high hopes for this concoction.  It was supposed to grace our thanksgiving table.  After trial number one, I’m not so sure.  Perhaps after some more tweaking it will make the cut.

It was inspired by one of my favorite turkey day dishes that my mom makes.  It’s a tasty dish that includes sweet potatoes, apples, butter, brown sugar and walnuts.  After being baked, it’s all gooey and delicious.


I took that and added more veggies and seasoning.  In my mix:

Vegetables and Fruit

  • 1 head garlic, peeled
  • ½  onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 large carrots, pealed and chopped
  • 2 parsnips, peeled and chopped
  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and chopped
  • 1 small butternut squash (or as we call it, squish), peeled and cubed
  • 3 beets, peeled and cubed
  • 1 large apple, peeled and sliced



  • ¼ teaspoon chili pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 6 grinds of sea salt
  • 2 grinds pepper
  • ¼ cup brown sugar, packed


  1. Cut everything to approximately the same size
  2. Toss in olive oil to coat
  3. Mix seasoning and toss everything to coat
  4. Bake at 425 degrees for approximately 1 hour or until golden brown and tender; toss about half way through cooking time


When I was slightly disappointed by this concoction, I realized that I really wanted it to be a sweet dish.  In fact it was quite spicy!  I plan to make some changes to bring it closer to it’s roots of our traditional thanksgiving dish.  Maybe then, if there’s room in the oven, it will make the cut.  The seasoning would change by replacing the chili flakes with a bit less chili powder to provide just a tiny kick of spice; maybe an 1/8 teaspoon?  I’d decrease the garlic to maybe just 4 cloves?  Parsnips would go.  They are too much like potato and I got enough starchiness from the sweet potato.  I’d also decrease the onion to a 1/4 an onion, again to cut down on savory-ness.  Walnuts would be tossed in, perhaps a 1/2 cup.  Most importantly I’d use butter instead of olive oil.  There is just such a deliciousness in butter that can’t be replaced, especially around the holidays!


So there you have it.  Not every dish is a picture of perfection!  Stay tuned for Roast and Toast round 2.  Smile

What do you do with recipe flops?  Do you tweak and try again, or just forget it and move on to new dishes?



3 Responses to “Roast and Toast”

  1. Well it looks good! Sounds like such a good recipe idea!


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