Simply Healthy Family: Sumac Roasted Carrots and Zucchini

22.1.16

Sumac Roasted Carrots and Zucchini



Roasting vegetables is my absolute favorite way to bring out unexpected and satisfying flavors in a seemingly ordinary food. Usually, I just toss my vegetables in a bit of good quality olive oil and add a pinch of sea salt, toss, roast and serve. However, when my taste buds are feeling a little supercilious I often reach into my spice cabinet for something to kick them up a notch. 







This month at Recipe Redux we are talking about cooking with new ingredients. Something that maybe you've tried before at a restaurant and loved or heard about on Internet gossip and found intriguing. A strange fruit, chickpea flour, or even something such as Swiss chard or eggplant that hasn't made it into your kitchen for lack of how to prepare it.


I knew exactly what ingredient I was going to tackle, the spice sumac.







My favorite salad at my favorite lunch destination, Pita Jungle is a Chicken Curry Salad with caramelized onion, grapes, roasted walnuts and topped off with a shaking of sumac around the edges.

I love it. A lot. Maybe a little too much.


But it's soooooo goooood!!! I remember when I first tasted sumac, on that salad my little eyebrows rose in curiosity and my mouth froze mid chew. What was this tangy, delicious spice that I couldn't quite place?


The sumac bush, native to the Middle East, produces deep red berries, which are dried and ground into coarse powder. While it's less common, the berries may also be sold whole. Ground sumac is a versatile spice with a tangy lemony flavor, although more balanced and less tart than lemon juice. A small sprinkle also adds a beautiful pop of color to any dish.
Sumac is one of the main components in the spice mix za'atar, and is used as a topping on Fattoush Salad like this one from Girl on the Range.  

photo from Girl on the Range


Sumac is a widely used, essential spice in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cooking. It's used in everything from dry rubs, marinades, and dressing. But its best use is sprinkled over food before serving. It's great over vegetables, grilled lamb, chicken and fish. Ground sumac also makes a nice, flavorful topping on dips like hummus, Yum!

Have you ever tried sumac? What's your favorite way to use it?



Sold in Mediterranean and specialty stores but you can get it here at Simply Healthy Family's store!










Sumac Roasted Carrots and Zucchini









You Will Need


1 pound whole, Organic carrots, tops trimmed and saved for pesto etc
3-4 zucchini, tops trimmed and added to your freezer stock bag
1/2 tablespoon sumac
1 tablespoon good quality extra virgin olive oil like Pompeian

A stone baking pan


Trim and cut vegetables. In a large bowl toss with olive oil to coat. Spread on baking dish and sprinkle with sumac. Roast in a preheated oven at 400-425F for 15 minutes.


That's it!! Enjoy with baked fish or chicken or on a salad.











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25 comments:

  1. Sumac is fabulous!!! What a wonderful spice for some roasted veg!

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  2. I don't think I've ever had sumac, but it sounds delicious. These roasted veggies look so good!

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  3. It's one of the few spices I am unfamiliar with thanks for the primer. GREG

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    1. Oh my!! You've got to get your hands on some Greg!! ;]

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  4. These roasted veggies look great!
    Need some on my plate...

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  5. I've never cooked with sumac but these carrots look amazing! I may just have to try it now.

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    1. Oh yesssssss, do try it!

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  6. I realllly need to get my hands on some sumac. This sounds fabulous.

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  7. I could eat the entire pan of those roasted veggies. They look so good!

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  8. This sounds delicious! I love roasted veggies.I've never tried sumac before but I'm intrigued!

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  9. I'll have to try these next time we get these veggies in our produce delivery.

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  10. Roasted veggies are just great and I adore sumac. I can just imagine how good it tastes with those sweet carrots and zucchini.

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  11. What a great side dish. I can just taste them!

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  12. 2 of my favorite veggies, these look delicious! I always roast my veggies, so much flavor!

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  13. I've never used sumac before

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  14. Ooh, I've never used sumac, but I do love za'atar, so I'm sure I'd be a fan.

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  15. I always roast veggies, but I've never added in sumac. Thank you for the great idea!

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  16. Zuchhini + Carrots + oven roasted = winner!! :D

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  18. Simple, beautiful and healthy!

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  19. Roasting veggies is my favorite way to prepare them too! This looks perfect, I love the caramelization...and great use for sumac! Love its tangy flavor!

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  20. I don't think I've ever had sumac, at least I've never cooked with it. I'm totally intrigued though and will have my eye out for some!

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  21. Those vegetables look absolutely amazing! What a great side dish to any meat!

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  22. i love this idea !.thank you for this

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