Tonight, I’m attending a moveable feast in my neighborhood. Each person is responsible for serving one course in their home, and then we move to the next person’s house, and so on. Theoretically, anyway. My guess is that somewhere around the second or third house, we might all fall down with the wine and good food buzzing in our bodies, but who knows? Maybe we actually will make it to dessert.
My friend Denise and I are co-hosting the second course of the evening, appetizers. She is making a mushroom dip and I decided to make these roasted vegetables with haloumi, which I once saw on Nigella Bites. I have a feeling there’s going to be a lot of cheese on the menu tonight, but as far as I’m concerned, that’s a good thing. This is also a great recipe for a weeknight dinner – just pop it into the oven and forget about it until five minutes before its ready to eat. Rewarding, rustic, delicious, easy.
If you don’t have/can’t find haloumi, you can substitute with feta or with another salty, crumbly cheese. Or you can also make your own haloumi, which I am going to attempt to do, thanks to this recipe: http://wholesome-cook.com/2012/07/18/homemade-haloumi-cheese-in-an-hour/
Prep time: 1 hour
One large sweet potato
1-2 yellow or red potatoes (whatever you have on hand)
1 red bell pepper
1 red onion
1/2 head of garlic (about 6-8 individual cloves)
4 tbsp. olive oil
1/2 tsp. red chilli flakes or cayenne pepper (optional – I feel it adds more flavor)
Grind of pepper
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
- Cut the potatoes into slightly smaller cubes than the sweet potato (the potatoes are denser than the sweet potatoes, so need slightly more time to cook). Add each ingredient to the pan as you go.
- De-seed and cut the red peppers into approximately the same size cubes and add to pan.
- Half the red onion and then cut each into 4-6 segments. Discard the outer skin. The onion chunks should stay together.
- Separate the cloves of garlic but you don’t need to remove the skins (yay).
- Drizzle your olive oil on top and mix everything together with your hands.
- Season with pepper and/or red chili flakes if you wish. Don’t add salt because otherwise your vegetables will get mushy.
- Arrange all the vegetables in a baking dish. Bake for approximately 45 minutes. Gently turn the vegetables about halfway into the baking process.
- About five minutes before the vegetables are done, slice the haloumi cheese and lay on top of the veggies. Turn your oven on the broiler, and broil for 5 minutes. The cheese should get brown on top (if you don’t want to use cheese, just add salt at this stage).