Spiral Baked Veggies with a Twist

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GotMyReservations Spiral Baked Veggies with a Twist

When I got a Paderno spiral slicer for Christmas, I knew exactly who was going to love this new gadget. My brother, the engineer who never met a machine he didn’t like.

My brother is an engineer and is intrigued by all things mechanical. Even as a little boy, he loved figuring out how things work and made intricate drawings of machines and also of architecture. When he and my sister-in-law visited, I planned a collaborative cooking menu that would give my brother some quality time with the spiral slicer.

GotMyReservations Spiral Veggies 2I decided to try it out with three different ingredients: potatoes, zucchini, and apples. We put in the spiral slicing disk and got to work. Two of the disks are stored in the housing of the machine and their sharp blades are protected; the other one is stored in the tall section and you do need to be a little careful. The slicing disk snaps in easily. The crank is also easy to install and all of the pieces separate for cleaning.

GotMyReservations Spiral VeggiesThe peeled potatoes worked like a charm and we left the zucchini unpeeled to add some color. We found that the coring mechanism on the machine was too small for the apples, so we cored them first and then used the slicer. All came out in cute swirly spirals. The slicer has three different options and is marketed for its ability to produce pasta-like ribbons to use instead of wheat products in one’s recipes.

GotMyReservations Spiral Veggies 3The cores from the machine look like mushrooms on steroids or perhaps they could provide an unexpected anatomy lesson for your children. They could also be a cause for some off-color jokes if your group has had enough wine. I knew what to expect after reading a review online, but was still tickled by the whole thing — that’s just me.

Once we had all the wonderful spiralized stuff, we needed to figure out what to do with it. We tossed everything together with seasonings and baked it at the same time as the pork roast. There is a lot of bulk with the spiral slicing, but actually only makes enough for four large servings or eight small servings — everyone will want two! At 230 calories a serving for one-fourth of the dish, it’s a win-win for the empty nest and a great collaborative cooking experience for a dinner party. We served it with a pork roast in a raspberry marinade and cranberry horseradish. The homemade apple chutney came all the way from Oxford, England, as a gift from friends.

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Spiral Baked Veggies with a Twist

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Number of servings: 8

Per Serving 115 calories

Fat 7 g

Carbs 10 g

Protein 5 g

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Spiral Baked Veggies with a Twist

The spiral slicer creates texture and interest in a mixture of savory and sweet vegetables, fruit, and seasonings.

Ingredients

  • 3 zucchini
  • 2 apples
  • 2 teaspoons tarragon
  • 2 teaspoons Tone's citrus grill seasoning
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup stock
  • 3 tablespoons butter

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Peel the potatoes, but leave the apples and zucchini unpeeled.
  3. Core the apples, but keep them round and whole.
  4. Using the Paderno spiral slicer, slice the potatoes, apples, and zucchini.
  5. After slicing the potatoes, apples, and zucchini, toss them together in a large casserole dish.
  6. Add the seasonings and cheese and toss to mix through.
  7. Pour in the stock.
  8. Dot the butter over the top of the dish.
  9. Sprinkle with a little more parmesan cheese.
  10. Cover with aluminum foil for first 30 minutes of baking.
  11. Remove aluminum foil for 20 minutes to crisp the top and boil off any excess liquid.
  12. Bake at 375 degrees for about 50 minutes. Check frequently during last 10 minutes.

I hope you enjoyed today’s recipe and will try it out — you really don’t need the spiral slicer to make this recipe, but it was lots of fun! I’ll see you later this week with a new tablescape, a travel post, and then I’ll be back next Monday with a new recipe for the empty nest. Thanks for visiting!

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9 thoughts on “Spiral Baked Veggies with a Twist

  1. Sounds like a nifty machine…does it take up very much room when stored…that is the main thing I want to know before buying anything! The recipe sounds delish, too.

    • I have the pieces stored in the original box, which is 9x12x7 inches. I may move them to a large zip-lock bag, which takes up less space.

  2. I like how the baked veggies match the swirls along the edge of the china. Did you match that on purpose? The spiral veggies look delicious, and I love tarragon! Since I probably won’t be getting the spiral slicer, what do you suggest? A large chop, small chop, julienne, or dice? Thanks for sharing the recipe. Hope you have a blessed week!

    • I was noticing that pretty much all of my dishes have some sort of swirl on them, Kim. Perhaps it’s just luck; I don’t think I purposely choose the food to match the dishes. 🙂 I think I would do a julienne cut similar to prepared hash browns if I were to make this without the spiral slicer. The recipe is really just glorified cheesy hash browns!

  3. I could use your mechanical-minded brother around here!!! Please box him up and mail him right away! 🙂 I’m not sure what I would do with that spiral slicer, but it sure looks like fun!!!!

    • The slicer is supposed to make veggies more fun to eat and to replace pasta with a gluten-free alternative. For that reason, I think it’s a good thing!

  4. Jennie, The spiral slicer is an interesting tool for the kitchen. I am seeing spiral sliced beets in my minds eye. I have been craving beets lately. I t must be because of the red color. The zucchini looks great next to the pork roast, they compliment each other nicely.

  5. That looks great and your recipes are lovely. I love gadgets. The glass of wine also looks good.
    I love how the spiral looks. A fun tool.

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