How to heat stuffed artichokes in the oven

In 5 steps to the perfect oven vegetables

From vegetables to spices - everything you should consider

Often the simple things in life are also the best - this is also true when cooking. Anyone who brings a filling, varied and delicious dish to the table with just a few ingredients and little effort has definitely earned an appreciative pat on the shoulder. If I don't have time for an elaborate dinner myself, there are a number of recipes that I can always rely on - one of them is oven-baked vegetables.

Although I eat oven-baked vegetables in different variations all year round, in autumn they taste particularly good with all their fresh seasonal vegetables and end up on my plate at least once a week. No wonder, after all, you rarely eat such a large portion of vegetables at once and you can change the dish with different spices and toppings in so many ways that it never gets boring. If you don't drown your vegetables in oil, you can cook a dinner or lunch that is low in calories and still keeps you full for a long time.

But even though you hardly need a recipe for oven vegetables, there are a few tricks that you should always use to make it particularly tasty. Let's go - in five steps to perfect oven vegetables.

Oven vegetables are not only easy and quick to make, but can also be prepared with any type of vegetable - you can either concentrate on a single variety or put a colorful tray with several types of vegetables in the oven. You won't believe what lightly caramelized toasted flavors do with vegetables that you normally don't like to eat. For example, I'm not a big fan of Brussels sprouts, but if they come out of the oven roasted, I could eat a whole tray of them.

A classic, of course, are baked potatoes, which don't need more than a little rosemary, salt, pepper, garlic and good olive oil. The choice of potatoes is up to your taste: If you like crispy potatoes with a light bite, you will mainly use waxy potatoes, if you like the combination of a soft core and a crispy coating, it is better to use floury potatoes.

Baked artichokes are an Italian classic that you should definitely try. In combination with a good portion of garlic, chilli flakes and oregano, they get a strong taste that forms a great contrast to the otherwise tender artichoke meat. Don't worry if you haven't dared to prepare fresh artichokes before - this recipe is really easy!

With this recipe for a hearty roasted cauliflower as a whole, I was able to convince some "cauliflower haters". The fresh yoghurt dip with herbs, almond butter and lemon ensures a harmonious balance with the spicy cauliflower marinade. And if you've never tried baked radishes, you really are missing out.

Step 2: how to make oven vegetables

The basic preparation of vegetables from the oven is incredibly easy and anyone can do it. The vegetables are cut into small pieces and drizzled with oil either directly on the baking sheet or beforehand in a bowl and seasoned according to taste. Then put it on the baking sheet in the oven at approx. 200 ° C - the cooking time varies depending on the type of vegetable and the thickness of the pieces. During baking, you can “turn” the vegetables once or twice so that they brown and crisp evenly on all sides.

Here are a few tips that will make that small but subtle difference:

- Don't take too much oil! You should only ever use enough oil to be able to rub the vegetables all around - turning them with your hands is much easier and faster than with a spoon or rubber spatula. The vegetables should never swim in the oil! On average, 2 tbsp per baking sheet is sufficient.

- The right baking tray: Flat baking trays are suitable for oven vegetables, because the high edge of a deep baking tray catches the escaping steam from the vegetables. However, it is precisely this that ensures that your vegetables steam instead of roasting and thus do not become crispy. Depending on how well coated your baking sheet is, it is usually sufficient to place the vegetables directly on the sheet without baking paper or aluminum foil. Of course, this pad ensures that you can clean up faster and easier later.

- The right attitude: Oven vegetables will be crispier if you have set the oven to convection, because then the hot air blows against the escaping steam and the vegetables brown more evenly and faster.

- Give your vegetables space: Instead of putting a mountain of vegetables on a baking sheet, it is better to use several baking sheets. Every vegetable should be in contact with the baking sheet and not too close to the rest of the vegetables. Too much proximity ensures that the water vapor sticks to the neighboring vegetables - this means that you steam the vegetables instead of baking them and they don't get crispy.

- How long can oven vegetables keep? Oven vegetables taste best fresh, of course, but I love making oven vegetables for dinner and taking the leftovers to the office for lunch the next day, for example in a salad bowl with spelled or rice and fresh sesame dressing. Oven vegetables can be kept airtight in the refrigerator for approx. 2 - 3 days. You can also puree the leftover oven vegetables and use them as a pasta sauce or use them for a curry.

Step 3: how long do the vegetables take in the oven?

How long your vegetables will cook depends on both the type of vegetable and how big or small you cut them. If you limit yourself to one vegetable on the tray, you can of course control and adhere to the cooking time wonderfully, but what happens with 5 types of vegetables with 5 cooking times?

You have several options here: Either you put the vegetables on the baking sheet one after the other (the type that cooks the longest comes first, etc.) or you divide the vegetables on several sheets and put them in the oven later, depending on the cooking time. Alternatively, you can simply cut the vegetables that cook longer, or cut vegetables with a shorter cooking time into thicker pieces.

We have compiled different cooking times for you in our table. The times are of course only to be regarded as an average value and depend, among other things, on your set oven temperature.

Step 4: what oils and spices go well with oven vegetables?

Salt and pepper should never be missing from your vegetables from the tray, but of course they are just the beginning. Dried herbs can be selected according to your taste and just like ground spices (e.g. paprika powder, curry, cinnamon, nutmeg, cayenne pepper, etc.) add directly to the vegetables together with the oil and bake them. With fresh herbs, hard herbs such as rosemary can be put in the oven, while delicate herbs such as fresh parsley or mint should only be added afterwards, otherwise they will burn and not give off any taste.

Instead of using a spice mixture for the whole tray, you can also devote yourself to each vegetable individually - for example, season the pumpkin more powerfully than the peppers and use the dried rosemary only for the potatoes.

Does it always have to be olive oil?

Good quality olive oil is of course a classic for oven vegetables, but you can also experiment with which oil you choose. It is important that it has a good taste of its own - next time use, for example, melted coconut oil, nut oil or avocado oil.

From cheese to nuts ...

You can refine your oven vegetables with a few little extras. Some of them can be baked, while others should only be added afterwards.

When baking: You can add cheeses such as mozzarella and feta to your baking sheet with the vegetables about 10 - 15 minutes before the end of the process, they do not need the entire baking time. Nuts such as hazelnuts, walnuts or pumpkin seeds also provide an extra bite and have wonderful roasted aromas if you put them in the oven for the last 5 minutes.

After baking: Fresh olives, capers or pickled jalapeño slices burn quickly and are therefore only added to the vegetables after baking.

Step 5: what goes with oven vegetables?

Oven vegetables deserve to be more than just a side dish. Combine it with a fresh dip and your dinner is ready! This honey mustard dip underlines the caramelized aroma of the oven vegetables while your vegetable chips are just waiting to be dipped in this creamy feta yogurt dip. Salsa Brava is the perfect date with Spanish fried potatoes and if you love fish, this trout dip with horseradish is the right choice for you.

Or how about white BBQ sauce, creamy onion dip or Argentine chimichurri sauce - you can find even more recipes for homemade dips here. And if you get bored of guacamole, mayo and hummus, here are a few ideas for you on how to give them a new twist.

Of course, you can also serve oven vegetables as a classic side dish, for example with cevapcici. But it also works wonderfully in lukewarm salads. In this autumn salad with mustard dressing, pumpkin from the oven and roasted chickpeas provide a filling component.

If you've always wondered how you can process the extraordinary-looking Romanesco: put it in the oven! He cuts a fine figure in this salad with a slightly sour pomegranate aioli!

Instead of putting your vegetables in the oven on their own, you can also fill them with meat, cereals, or even more vegetables! Fancy a few ideas? Then try these minced zucchini stuffed with spinach and cheese, or stuff your baked eggplant with couscous and a baked sweet potato with fresh cabbage and vegetables!

How do you like to eat oven vegetables and which vegetables and which herbs or spices do you put on the tray? Let us know in the comments!

Published on September 16, 2018