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6 Mistakes You're Making With Your Roasted Vegetables
Chopping or dicing your vegetables into same-size chunks doesn't just make everything look prettier. When all of your vegetable pieces are the same size, they'll cook at an even rate. (You don't have to break out the ruler or anything. Just eyeball it.) And that helps you avoid the unpleasantness of having some pieces burnt to a crisp while others are still undercooked in the middle. (Avoid these common kitchen knife mistakes.)
Yes, youcanroast vegetables in a casserole dish or even a cake pan. But the high sides make it harder for the water inside of the vegetables to evaporate during baking, setting you up for sogginess. Instead? Use a simple rimmed baking sheet. The rims are high enough to keep your veggies from falling off the side of the sheet, but not high enough to trap steam and make your food mushy.
Another no-fail way to get limp, mushy vegetables? Load too many of them onto the pan. Vegetables that are packed together end up steaming instead of roasting up nice and crisp. It's okay for a few pieces to be touching, as long as you have a single layer. If the vegetables start to pile on top of each other, move some into a second pan.
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Roasted vegetables aren't high maintenance, but they do need a little bit of attention. Leaving the pan totally unattended means that the bottom of your vegetables will burn, while the tops never crisp up. Flip halfway through, and you'll be rewarded with vegetables that are evenly cooked and golden all over. Yum.
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