Get links to other side dishes below, including recipes with simonim, symbolic foods for the upcoming Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.
Roasted Rosemary Beets
I never used to like beets. Once I roasted them, it was another story. Usually I make them with just the red beets, as that is more common sold. Having the golden and red beets together is just a beautiful presentation. I usually keep these veggies solo as their color doesn’t play well with others—bleeds into salads and other vegetables. This simple recipe is make with a drizzle of olive oil, salt and fresh rosemary, easy to grow in your garden, in a pot on a window sill or available in most supermarkets.
Having been a vegetarian for many years, I often drawn to the side dishes, usually vegetable, as my favorites. I love the rich colors, savory taste and healthy bites. What’s great about so many of these recipes if the flexibility of ingredients. Add or subtract vegetables and grains according to your (and those at your table’s) likes and dislikes.
Like holidays of many religions, Rosh Hashanah has symbolic foods, called simanim in Hebrew, that make their way into the menu. Many of these are vegetables and fruits. Dipping apples in honey any pre-schooler will tell you comes at the beginning of the Rosh Hashanah meal. Beets symbolize the vanquishing of our adversaries. Eat an extra mouthful!
In J.R. Ridgley's 16Wheeler, main character Carrie Marshall recently a widow, recently without a job and recently adrift in what was an orderly and planned life, takes off spontaneously to visit her grandchildren and is stranded in a freezing snow storm, hearing her dead husband’s voice berating her judgment, as he so often did in life.
Trucker John Graham, a widower with grown children, escapes to the road after his beloved wife died of cancer. His life is in his rig, the cab with a microwave, refrigerator, shelves, a bed and internet, and his friends other truckers. His kind heart has him stopping for the car he sees on the side of the road, rescuing an unknown woman.
Like Noah’s Ark, the rig becomes the world for John and Carrie in this second chance romance. I will never look at an 18Wheeler in the same way again!
Roasted Rosemary Beets
3 red beets
3 golden beets
2 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh or dried rosemary, leaves only
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
Beets can stain your hands or a counter. Some people use thin plastic gloves. An apron in recommended, as well as a cutting board that can be easily washed.
Wash beets well. Peel and cut off greens and reserve for another use, tips are below.
Slice beets in half. Then slice thinly. Line an oven proof sheet tray with parchment paper and lay beets in single layer. You will need more than one tray.
Drizzle with oil and sprinkle with salt, pepper and rosemary. Roast at 400 F for 15 minutes. Turn with spatula or tongs and cook another 10-15 minutes, until the rediges are easy to see and the beets are fork tender.
Remove from oven, taste and adjust seasoning. You may serve immediately or serve at room temperature.
Save beet greens. Use in a salad or sauté as you would spinach. Use in omelettes or with cooked grains, such as couscous, rice or pasta.
Roast other veggies: I use this recipe to roast other vegetables, such as zucchini or yellow squash, rutabaga, turnips, parsnips and so on. Adjust cooking time as some vegetables take longer to cook, such as root vegetables.
Other delicious side dishes, including those with simonim ingredients for Rosh Hashanah. Follow the links!