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The Pollan Family Table Recipe: Maple-Balsamic Root Vegetable Fries

PollanFamily_MapleBalsamVegFries_400Need a quick, healthy side for your family meal? Try this French fry “cheat” from The Pollan Family Table.
4 to 6 servings

FROM THE MARKET
Carrots (3 large)
Celery root (1 medium, about 12 ounces)
Parsnips (2 medium, about 10 ounces)
Golden beets (2 medium, about 8 ounces)
Fresh thyme (1 small bunch)

FROM THE PANTRY*
Extra virgin olive oil (2 tablespoons)
Pure maple syrup (1 tablespoon)
Balsamic vinegar (½ teaspoon)
Sea salt
Black pepper
*You will need two sheets of parchment paper.

3 large carrots, peeled and cut into ¼-inch-thick sticks, 2 to 3 inches long
1 medium celery root, peeled and cut into ¼-inch-thick sticks, 2 to 3 inches long
2 medium parsnips, peeled and cut into ¼-inch-thick sticks, 2 to 3 inches long
2 medium golden beets, peeled and each cut into 8 wedges
5 sprigs fresh thyme
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
½ teaspoon balsamic vinegar
Sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper

Set racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven and preheat the oven to 425ºF. Line two rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the carrots, celery root, parsnips, beets, and thyme sprigs. Add the oil and mix to thoroughly coat the vegetables.

In a small mixing bowl, combine the maple syrup, vinegar, ½ teaspoon of salt, and ⅛ teaspoon of pepper; mix well. Pour the mixture on the vegetables and toss to coat.

Arrange the vegetables in single layers on the two baking sheets. Roast on separate racks for 20 minutes.

Remove them from the oven and, using a spatula, flip the vegetables. Return the sheets to the oven, switching their positions (upper rack and lower rack). Roast until the vegetables are light brown and caramelized, an additional 15 to 20 minutes.

Discard the thyme sprigs, season with salt and pepper, and serve.

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