Sumac Roasted Vegetables with Feta and Lemon

Sumac roasted vegetables garnished with feta and chopped parsley

Can you have too much of a good spice?  Nah!

As a child, I have fond memories of watching my mother and grandmother in the kitchen making chicken soup.  They’d dig around in the spice drawer and take out that special ingredient that always make the soup extra delicious.  It was in these moments that I became fascinated by spice.  In my mind, the right spice or herb was the magical ingredient that could make or break a dish.

 

A small jar of sumac spice

So…what’s this spice?  Can it help me navigate?

Imagine my delight when I discovered sumac.  Before a year or two ago, I had no idea that this spice existed.  Now I am fascinated with this lemony red spice.  Sumac is primarily used in Middle Eastern cooking to add a bit of tartness to dish.  It is also one of the essential ingredients in za’atar, a spice mix used again in Middle Eastern cuisine and delicious mixed with olive oil and spread on flat bread.

 

Sumac roasted vegetables garnished with feta and chopped parsley

The Spice must flow…

For this recipe, I sprinkle a bit of sumac on eggplant, red bell pepper, cherry tomatoes and garlic and roast it in the oven with olive oil.  The end result is a delicious and healthy side dish that is great when paired with lamb or hummus.  You could even add some chickpeas to the mix for a vegetarian sheet pan dinner.  Pair it with tasty pita, naan or soft flat bread and you’ll soon fall in love with it just like I did.

 

Sumac roasted vegetables garnished with feta and chopped parsley on naan bread

     

    Long eggplant sliced up
    Preheat oven to 450F/220C. Wash and dry eggplant.  Cut into 1 cm/0.5 in thick slices.
    cherry tomatoes chopped in half
    Wash and dry cherry tomatoes. Cut into halves.
    raw red bell pepper chopped up
    Wash and dry red bell pepper.  Remove the seeds and cut into eight equal pieces.
    garlic cloves removed from shell
    Remove garlic cloves from their shell.
    Cut raw vegetables on a roasting tray and dusted with sumac
    Put vegetables on baking tray and evenly spread about. Drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with sea salt, black pepper and za’atar.
    Sumac roasted vegetables
    Place in the oven and roast for 45-60 minutes.  Check on the vegetables half way through and if you find the eggplant is dry, lightly brush with water and continue cooking in the oven. When vegetables have finished cooking and are nicely carmelized from roasting, remove from oven.
    Sumac roasted vegetables garnished with feta and chopped parsley
    Drizzle with fresh lemon juice and sprinkle with feta. Eat as a side dish to lamb or go vegetarian and pair it with hummus wrapped up in a tortilla, pita or naan bread.

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    Sumac roasted vegetables garnished with feta and chopped parsley on naan bread

    Sumac Roasted Vegetables with Feta and Lemon


    • Author: Spicepaw
    • Prep Time: 10 min
    • Cook Time: 60 min
    • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
    • Yield: 3-4 servings 1x

    Description

    An easy sheet pan side dish of roasted eggplant, tomatoes, red pepper and garlic drizzled with olive oil and dusted with lemony sumac, salt and pepper.  #sidedish #vegetables #healthyrecipes #vegetarian


    Scale

    Ingredients

    • 1 small to medium eggplant
    • 1 red bell pepper
    • 23 dozen cherry tomatoes
    • 1 head of garlic
    • 34 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil
    • salt
    • pepper
    • 2 tsp crushed sumac
    • 12 tbsp fresh lemon juice
    • 23 oz feta
    • parsley or fresh mint leaves for garnishing

    Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 450 F/220 C.
    2. Wash and dry eggplant.  Cut into 1 cm/0.5 in thick slices.
    3. Wash and dry cherry tomatoes. Cut into halves.
    4. Wash and dry red bell pepper.  Remove the seeds and cut into eight equal pieces.
    5. Remove garlic cloves from their shell.
    6. Put vegetables on a baking tray and evenly spread about.
    7. Drizzle with olive oil.
    8. Sprinkle with sea salt, black pepper and sumac.
    9. Place in the oven and roast for 45-60 minutes.  Check on the vegetables halfway through and if you find the eggplant is dry, lightly brush with water and continue cooking in the oven.
    10. When vegetables have finished cooking and are nicely caramelized from roasting, remove from oven.
    11. Drizzle with fresh lemon juice and sprinkle with feta and parsley or mint.
    12. Eat as a side dish to lamb or go vegetarian and pair it with hummus wrapped up in a tortilla, pita or naan bread.
    • Category: Vegetables
    • Method: Roasting
    • Cuisine: Middle Eastern

    Keywords: Roasted Vegetables, feta, sumac, eggplant, tomatoes, red bell pepper, garlic

     

     

    Yum

     

    2 Comments Add yours

    1. Louise Hansen says:

      Looking for recipes to use Sumac with. Not the easy to find except Sumac with chicken. I read the Sumac is a very powerful antioxidant and also very good if you have lots of pain, cancer and other ailments.

      1. Natasha says:

        Haven’t read much about sumac being an antioxidant being as I recently discovered the spice. All I know is that love this combination on the veg.

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