Roasted Turnips, Shallots and Garlic with Rosemary

Seasoned with fragrant herbs, this classic recipe from Cook’s Illustrated is a guaranteed success as either a side or vegetarian main dish.

1 head garlic
1½ pound turnips, scrubbed and cut into 1-inch pieces
4 shallots, peeled
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 teaspoons fresh rosemary
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

1. Heat oven to 375°. If roasting garlic cloves in skins, simply break head into individual cloves. If you wish to roast cloves out of skins, put whole, unpeeled head in a small saucepan with water to cover. Bring water to boil, then simmer to soften cloves and loosen skins, about 10 minutes. Drain and refresh garlic head under cold water. Separate cloves and peel.

2. Put turnips and shallots into a roasting pan large enough to hold them without crowding. Toss with butter and rosemary and sprinkle with salt. Roast, stirring or shaking vegetables every 15 minutes for 30 minutes. Add garlic.

3. Raise heat to 425° and continue roasting until tender and evenly browned, 15 to 20 minutes. Sprinkle with pepper; taste and adjust seasonings. Serve hot or at room temperature.

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