Roasted root vegetables recipe with molasses cider glaze – impressive, easy & delicious

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Roasted root vegetables with molasses cider glaze

Sometimes I aspire to be a bit like Martha Stewart; to take the time and attention to set a stunning table or arrange charming seasonal decorations outside the front door.

Truth is I can barely manage to vacuum up the dog hair and clear the dining table of clutter to make room for place settings before our guests land at the door. (Meanwhile my husband is getting the laundry out of view, rounding up the kids and making sure there are no Lego pieces in the path of sock-footed guests.)

My entertaining energy goes into creating a great meal and then relaxing to enjoy it with friends.

Every once in a while a dish comes along that by its very nature has that “Martha” look, and gives the appearance that you have outdone yourself, with really not a lot of effort.

This is that dish. And in spite of the number of steps listed below, it’s pretty easy.

Roasted root vegetables with molasses cider glaze

Cider-glazed roasted root vegetables recipe (served in roasted winter squash)

Adapted from A Periodic Table

For the cider glaze:

  • 2 1/2 cups apple cider (or apple juice)
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Grandma Fancy Molasses

For the vegetables:

  • 1 medium-sized buttercup squash, top third cut off, and seeds removed
  • 4-6 cups of root vegetables, cut into one-inch dice (a mixture of carrots, parsnips, turnip, rutabaga, sweet potato, beets)
  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • 2 firm, tart apples, peeled and diced
  • 4-5 cloves of garlic, peeled and roughly chopped
  • Handful of fresh sage or thyme
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • Sea salt & pepper to taste

For the cranberry pumpkin seed sprinkle:

  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 2/3 cup pumpkin seeds
  • pinch kosher salt
  • pinch chili powder
  • ½ cup dried cranberries


To make the glaze:

  1. Combe apple cider and brown sugar in a small saucepan over medium high heat and simmer until it reduces to about 1/2 cup (15-20 minutes). Be careful not to overdo it.
  2. Remove from heat, add the molasses. Set aside.

Roast your veggies and apples:

  1. Place your choice of root vegetables, along with the apples, onion, garlic and herbs, into a large bowl and toss with 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil.
  2. Turn your mixture out onto a large baking sheet or pan lined with parchment paper.
  3. Season with salt and pepper
  4. Rub the inside of the squash, and the flesh side of the “lid”, with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  5. Place it on a baking sheet, flesh side down.
  6. Put both pans in the oven and roast at 400 F until tender and starting to brown a bit. About 25-35 minutes.
  7. (Toss the chopped veggies every 10  minutes or so)

Toast your pumpkin seeds:

  1. Melt the butter in a small pan over medium heat.
  2. Add pumpkin seeds to the pan and toss with the butter.
  3. Toast gently until they start to pop, stirring them around in the pan to ensue nothing burns or browns too much.

To assemble your squash bowl:

  1. Place roasted quash on a warmed serving platter and fill with the roasted root vegetables.
  2. Pile extra roasted vegetables alongside the squash.
  3. Pour over the cider glaze and sprinkle with the roasted pumpkin seed cranberry mixture.
  4. To serve, slice squash into 4-6 wedges and plate, scooping up some extra root vegetables.


19 thoughts on “Roasted root vegetables recipe with molasses cider glaze – impressive, easy & delicious

  1. Lois Maillet Lynn says:

    I love love love molasses. When I was little, I used to dip a piece of straw into the molasses pail my grandpa had for feeding the cattle and eat it! It was delicious, Years later I learned that it was a common occurrence for mice to drown in the pail!! Yuck. All that to say, would you send me a copy of the book as well? Lois Maillet Lynn, 22 Pine Street, Stouffville, Ontario. L4A 1H1. Thanks!

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Hi Lois, Great story! It reminds me of when I was little, hanging out at a horse barn down the road from my house. We’d nibble on the sweet feed which was grain mixed with molasses. We’d be happy to mail you a copy of our Family Favourites cookbook. Watch for it in the mail over the next couple of weeks.

  2. Mrs Hopey says:

    Looks so good. All my favorite veggies. And Easy instructions. Would love one of your cookbooks.

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Hi there, I hope you enjoyed the roasted vegetables. We’d be happy to send you a Family Favourites cookbook. Just email me your mailing address:

  3. Susan says:

    How can I get a copy of your cookbook, is it in stores?

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Hi Susan, We’d be happy to mail you a copy of our Family Favourites cookbook. Just email your mailing address to me:

  4. Beatrice says:

    I live in Munich, Germany and wonder if you could send me a copy of your cookbook over the ocean? Your recepies are just brilliant 🙂
    Please let me know how much the expenses would be…
    My address is: Beatrice Vohler, Im Wismat 52, 81247 Muenchen, Germany

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Hi Beatrice, We typically only send our printed book to people in Canada and North Eastern US (where our molasses is available). We do have several free e-books on this site (have you discovered them?) that you could download and have printed locally.

  5. Susan says:

    This looks great….can’t wait to give it a try. Thanks for the great recipe!

  6. carole says:

    I cant wait to try this recipe…and will be doing it this weekend for thanksgiving…
    I would also love a copy of your cookbook

    Carole Sophie
    1325 York Mills road
    apt 207
    Toronto Ontario
    m3a 1z6

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Hi Carole, We’ll get a copy of our Family Favourites cookbook in the he mail to you. Happy Thanksgiving!

  7. Mary fagan says:

    I would also love a copy of your cookbook
    1 English hill ext. carbonear , NL
    A1y 1a8

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Hi Mary, We’d be happy to mail you a cookbook and will send it out within the next week or so.

  8. Lorraine Geno says:

    These recipes look amazing and if possible, I would like a hard copy of the book. My address is:

    Lorraine Geno
    436 Lonergan Blvd.
    Timmins, Ontario
    P4P 1E1

    1. Bridget says:

      Hi Lorraine, We’d be happy to mail you a Molasses Family Favourites Cookbook. Watch for it int he mail!

  9. Just found your site and can’t wait to try this. It’s not only gorgeously presented, but has all my fave flavours. Cider and molasses together…!!! I think I’ll be trying this as a reduction just to keep around instead of the usual balsamic version. Thanks!

    1. Bridget says:

      Hi Helene, Glad it caught your interest. So now I’m curious about your balsamic reduction!

  10. frances Hynes says:

    My friend would like a copy of your cook book .she really liked mind so would you please sent her one her address is mrs. John Dominaux Grand Le Pierre NL A0E 1Y0. Thank you .

    1. Bridget says:

      Hi Frances — We’d be happy to mail your friend a copy!

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