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by Leah Rodrigues | Foodista.com

Roasted carrots and parsnips with homemade chimichurri is an easy side dish that will liven your table.  Root vegetables are a staple side dish and this recipe puts a spin by serving the roasted carrots and parsnips with a zesty herbal sauce, typical to Argentinean cuisine.  Chimichurri is not only delicious but comes together in a snap in the food processor.  This stress-free dish is a must-have for fall and winter meals.

Chimichurri Roasted Carrots and Parsnips

Ingredients:

For the vegetables:
1/2 lb carrots, peeled and stems removed
1/2 lb parsnips, peeled
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp pomegranate molasses
salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

For the chimichurri:
1 1/2 flat leaf parsley bunches, chopped
1/2 Cup olive oil
1/4 Cup red wine vinegar
2 garlic cloves, peeled
1 1/2 teaspoons Aji molido or crushed red pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions:

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.  

Step 2: In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil and pomegranate molasses. Pour mixture over carrots and parsnips and toss until coated. Season with salt and pepper. 

Step 3: Roast carrots and parsnips on a cookie sheet or sheet pan for 15 minute or until browned and tender.

Step 4: Meanwhile, prepare the chimichurri. In a food processor or blender, puree the parsley, olive oil, vinegar, garlic, and chili pepper until it forms a smooth sauce. Adjust seasonings to taste.

Step 5: Remove vegetables from the oven and serve with chimichurri.


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