Roasted carrot with mushroom & thyme

Serves 4  |  10 + 30 minutes  |  Easy

You're new to vegetarianism and now your mother-in-law is coming over for dinner. I bet you're thinking "What should I make her?", and it has to be delicious and impressive, right? Don't worry, we've got you covered. 

We have a new favourite root vegetable with a fancy name that we want to have with everything (don't worry sweet potato, you're still our real number one) and that is the jerusalem artichoke or as some call it sunroot. It's sweet but savoury, easy to cook with, and will in an instant make your dinner taste and look ten thousand times better.

So when your new girl/boyfriend's mom comes a calling, you'll know exactly what to make. Root vegetables are really delicious and easy to make, and they will bring a lot of nice colours to your dinner which naturally is very impressive to the eye. You could easily switch the vegetables around and have the jerusalem artichoke as the main ingredient and boil the carrots and use them as the sauce.

If you haven't used root vegetables in your cooking yet, it's about time you start right now. 

  • 200 g of jerusalem artichokes

  • 8 big carrots

  • 200 grams of mushroom

  • 1 bush of thyme

  • 1 tbsp of vegan crème fraîche

  • salt and pepper

  • 1 tbsp olive oil

  1. Slice the carrots lengthwise and quite thinly, then place them on a baking tray and drizzle some olive oil, salt and pepper on them
  2. Bake the carrots in the oven for 30 min in 200°C
  3. Peel the jerusalem artichokes and boil them for about 15 minutes until soft
  4. Mix the boiled jerusalem artichokes, the entire bush of thyme (leave a few leaves for garnish), the crème fraîche (we used Oatlys vegan version) and olive oil in a food processor, until it becomes a smooth purée, add salt and pepper after taste
  5. Halve the mushrooms and fry them for a few minutes in butter
  6. When the carrots are ready, place them on top of the jerusalem artichoke and thyme purée and garnish with mushroom and the rest of the thyme
  7. Enjoy!

Hope it went well, I'm sure she was impressed! If she wasn't, well it's probably not your cooking, she probably just thinks you're totally wrong for her daughter/son. I'm sure you'll impress her with your charm and wits.

If you're looking for good desserts to go with your dinner here are some alternatives; Sugar free apple cake, vegan chocolate mousse or why not the vegan black bean brownies. That'll make her happy!