The Most Heavenly Roast
So you’re probably reading the title above and rolling your eyes. I mean heavenly describes foods like chocolate or ice cream. But when my friend Rachel Laufer brought me this roast after the birth of my third child I felt an ethereal energy in my taste buds.
I tried hard to figure out the ingredients. I asked her “This is divine, are you sure there is no chocolate in here?” When she finished laughing, I got her to share the recipe with me. Since then I have shared it with my friends Suri and Rita, who whenever I need a recipe remind me about it. Truly a gift in itself.
Back to the chocolate. There wasn’t a drop in the roast.
But there was a nice amount of onions. Polar opposite of the chocolate, but the combination of those onions and the other sweet ingredients (see attached) made an incredible meal.
I remember my father eating salad, Israeli style. (After all that is where her grew up.) He would chop a million different vegetables into tiny pieces. But nothing got him as excited as the raw onions.
Daddy might have helped me develop my Israeli taste buds for halva, or chummus, but no way Jose would I bring a raw onion to my lips. Health benefits aside ( they are said to lower blood pressure, and have a decent amount of vitamins C and B6,)but the strong odor they emit keep me away from the uncooked version.
Did I mention that I hate to cry?
But sautéed onions are regulars in my house. I sometimes sauté a bunch and freeze them that way for quick prep in the kitchen. The onions in this recipe are worth the tears for the few minutes they are exposed raw. The delicious bounty of sweet potatoes and baby gold and baby potatoes (if you can get your hands on some purple fingerlings, add them too!) makes it a true hit.
Soy sauce and maple syrup are the true winners that make this roast incredible. Alas, no cocoa touches the meat. But I guess the aforementioned treats stands in as a great second.
Please note- The Kosher Certification that we are under requires us to drizzle oil on any raw onions we will not use the same day. If you plan on freezing onions, be sure to drizzle them with oil before putting them in the freezer.