There are so many flavors and textures going on in this vegetable dish! Salty bacon, tangy vinaigrette, crunchy walnuts, sweet maple syrup, roasted and caramelized Brussels sprouts and delicata squash. It’s everything and more you want for the perfect Thanksgiving side dish! Try some other Thanksgiving side dish recipes like my skillet corn bread and homemade cranberry sauce.
How To Roast Vegetables In The Oven
- Preheat the oven to 425 F along with a sheet tray inside. The reason you want to preheat the sheet tray before pouring the veggies in them is that you want the veggies to start caramelizing as soon as they touch the surface of the pan. This will create a beautiful golden brown color on the veggies that gives it so much flavor.
- Seasoning the veggies with avocado oil, salt and pepper before pouring them in the pan. Since we are baking the veggies at a high temp you want to use a high smoke point oil like grape seed or avocado oil. The oil will help make the veggie crispy and golden brown.
- Baking the vegetables in the oven at a high temperature of 425 F will make the exterior dark and crispy, and make the interior soft and creamy. This is the best technique for how to cook vegetables in the oven.
What Is Delicata Squash?
If you’ve been following me on the FlavCity IG stories you’d know that I’m pretty much obsessed with delicata squash. Why, you ask? Well, for starters, you don’t need to peel it! The skin is so delicate hence the name ‘delicata’ that once it’s roasted you can eat the skin. If you can’t find delicata squash, use butternut squash or acorn squash, just be sure to use a knife and a rolling pin to safely cut the squash. Watch the video below to see how I do it.
How To Make Hot Bacon Dressing?
Preheat a nonstick pan on medium heat and add the thick cut cubed bacon. The idea is to slowly render out the fat, so don’t rush this step. It will take about 10 minutes. While the pan is still on the heat, add some walnuts for crunch, onions and garlic for spice, red wine vinegar for acidity, and maple syrup for sweetness. To emulsify it and bring it all together add some whole grain dijon mustard and mix well. This is the ultimate hot bacon dressing to pour oven freshly roasted vegetables.
Make sure to check out some of my other Thanksgiving recipes: