Perfect Roasted Root Vegetables (cooksillustrated)

1 14 oz celery root, peeled
4 carrots, peeled and cut into 2 1/2″ lengths, halved or quartered lengthwise if necessary to create 1/2 – 1″ in diameter
12 oz parsnips, peeled and sliced 1″ thick on bias
5 oz small shallots, peeled
1 t Kosher salt and pepper
pepper to taste
12 oz turnips, peeled, halved horizontally, and each half quartered
3 T vegetable oil
2 T chopped fresh parsley

Use turnips that are roughly 2 – 3″ in diameter. Instead of sprinkling the roasted vegetables with chopped parsley, tarragon or chives may also be substituted). Adjust oven rack to middle position, place rimmed baking sheet on rack, and heat oven to 425 F. Cut celery root into 3/4″ thick rounds. Cut each round into 3/4″ thick planks about 2 1/2″ in length. Toss celery root, carrots, parsnips and shallots with salt and pepper to taste in large microwave-safe bowl. Cover bowl and microwave until small pieces of carrot are just pliable enough to bend, 8 – 10 min, stirring once halfway through microwaving. Drain vegetables well. Return vegetables to bowl, add turnips and oil and toss to coat. Working quickly, remove baking sheet from oven and carefully transfer vegetables to baking sheet; spread into even layer. Roast for 25 min. Using thin metal spatula, stir vegetables and spread into even layer. Rotate pan and continue to roast until vegetables are golden brown and celery root is tender when pierced with tip of paring knife, 15 – 25 min longer. Transfer to platter, sprinkle with parsley and serve. Serves 6.

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