Unmasking Spooky Vegetables

by in In Season, October 30, 2010
Roasted Rutabaga
Roasted Rutabaga - Image Courtesy Food Network Magazine

In honor of Halloween, we’re featuring 5 ghoulish-looking vegetables that strike fear into the hearts of many. No need to be intimidated by these spooky veggies — here are five flavorful recipes that are scary-good. Plus, buying and storage tips.

Rutabaga
This root vegetable resembles a large turnip, and can be eaten raw or cooked.  When roasted, this vegetable tastes similar to new potatoes, but has only half the carbs. When selecting your rutabagas choose those that are smooth, firm and heavy for their size.
RECIPE: Roasted Rutabaga (pictured)

Broccoli
Rachel Ray uses chili powder and a basic grill seasoning to add a new kick to an old nemesis — give it a try during broccoli’s peak season! When buying broccoli, look for tightly-closed buds and a deep green or green-purple coloration.
RECIPE:  Chili-Garlic Broccoli

Celery Root
Celery Root

Celery Root
Don’t judge a book by its cover! This knobby root vegetable has a somewhat peppery celery flavor (much like parsley) and is wonderful in soups, stews and purees. You can also use this crunchy vegetable raw in salads.  Before use, peel away the outer skin and roots, then soak in a little lemon juice and water to prevent any discoloration.
RECIPE: Dana’s Celery Root Salad

Brussels Sprouts
Many of us are familiar with Brussels sprouts, but aren’t sure what do with their strong taste. This recipe uses other bold flavors like balsamic vinegar, capers, pine nuts and currants to balance and compliment this dominant veggie. Remember: sprouts will retain a milder flavor for up to three days in the refrigerator.
RECIPE: Guy’s Bumped-Up Brussels Sprouts

Turnips
This fun alternative to mashed potatoes is delicious and nutritious! Turnips are a great source of vitamin C, and can also be eaten raw, stir fried or baked.
RECIPE:  Barefoot Contessa’s Mashed Turnips

-Danielle Elliott

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