I heard about this technique called "The 450-degree oven" on the Splendid Table on NPR a few weeks ago. I tried it for the first time last week while I was bar-b-queing some steaks for a friend, and thought it was one of the easiest and most flavorful side dishes I had ever made. For this post, I decided to prepare it as a one-dish full meal. The whole thing only takes about 25 minutes to prep and cook, and it can be done with a wide variety of ingredients. If you're not into the meat aspect of the dish, omit that and make it vegan.
The dish pictured was made with just potato, yam, onion, and bacon for main ingredients.
It didn't occur to me until I looked at the pictures, but this dish could also be served with eggs at breakfast. The potatoes look a lot like home fries.
First, turn on the oven to 450 degrees. Put a cookie sheet or a large cast-iron skillet into the oven as it's warming up. Cut into large pieces your soft vegetables:
Onion Garlic Bell peppers, etc. Squash, etc.
Cut into 1/4 inch slices your hard vegetables:
Throw all the vegetables in a bowl and toss in:
Olive oil to coat Salt Pepper Dried herbs (basil and dill or your favorite combination)
When your oven is heated up to temperature, throw all the vegetables into the hot pan. Spread them around evenly and let cook for about 10-15 minutes, or until you smell their lovely scent wafting out of the oven. Open the oven, stir the vegetables, and make room on the sheet or skillet to place:
several slices of bacon
Put everything back in the oven for 5-8 minutes, or until done. Enjoy with a side salad or a fresh green garnish.
This has been a recipe for the What's for Dinner? Wednesday blog carnival hosted by Linda at the Gluten-free Homemaker. Visit her site for more gluten-free dinner ideas!