Roasted bread and root vegetables with mustard, cumin and pumpkin seeds

Roasted bread and root vegetables with mustard, cumin and pumpkin seeds

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The Art Of The Larder
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Mike Lusmore

Sweet roasted root vegetables earthy with mustard, cumin and pumpkin seeds, here with my all-time favourite, roasted and toasted day-or-two-old bread. Use good rustic crunchy bread; white sliced will never come good in this recipe.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
600g mixed root vegetables, chopped into approx. 2cm pieces
2 onions, red or white, finely sliced
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
2 teaspoons mustard seeds
6 tablespoons olive oil
3 teaspoons runny honey
4 thick slices sourdough or any rustic bread, torn into pieces about the same size as the vegetables
4 tablespoons pumpkin seeds, (or sunflower seeds)
2 tablespoons cider vinegar or red wine vinegar
salt
freshly ground black pepper
a big bunch fresh flat-leaf parsley, leaves roughly chopped

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C.
  2. Toss the root vegetables with the onions, cumin and mustard seeds and 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Roast in the oven for about 40 minutes, until golden. You can remove any of the vegetables that cook more quickly and reserve these on a plate, leaving any stubborn vegetables in the oven to cook for longer. When all the vegetables are cooked, remove and toss them all together with 2 teaspoons of the honey.
  3. While the root vegetables are roasting, toss the bread with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and roast on a separate roasting tray for about 10 minutes. Then add the seeds and bake for a further 5 minutes, until the bread is golden and crisp.
  4. Make the dressing by putting the remaining 3 tablespoons of olive oil, the remaining teaspoon of honey, the vinegar and salt and pepper, to taste, into a jar and shaking vigorously with the lid on to amalgamate.
  5. Put the roasted vegetable mixture and the toasted bread into a large bowl and pour over the dressing. Check the seasoning and add the parsley, mixing well to combine.
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