After seeing so many recipes for blood oranges this winter, I finally decided to bite the bullet and make one. I went to the store and bought what I thought were blood oranges, but when I sliced them open, they were regular oranges. Rats!
Instead of scrapping the recipe test, I went forward with the plain oranges. I haven’t tried roasting blood oranges yet, but if they’re anything like regular oranges, I want to! What an unbelievable flavor transformation.
Discoveries like these are what excite me so much about cooking – you never know what something’s going to taste like until it hits your tongue.
It’s true – foods can dramatically change flavor or shape, just from cooking them a certain way, at a certain temperature.
It’s like when you’re a little kid and you get your first Easy Bake Oven. You put this little gooey concoction in a plastic tray, put it through a machine, and out the other end comes a big fluffy treat!
I really miss my Easy Bake Oven. I hope they’re still around when I have kids one day. No rush there, just sayin’.
Also, I love roasting foods because the flavors and smells become so intense. When you bake something as simple as broccoli or brussel sprouts, your kitchen fills up with this robust aroma.
As for this dish, we get three roasted veggies here: kale, beets and oranges. While I was making this recipe (and tasting), I jotted down a few notes on my notebook: coconut, velvet and rich. Now, would you ever expect those words to be associated with oranges? I bet not!
The outsides of the orange soften and become like velvet. The flavors melt in your mouth and almost taste coconut-like, which is the richness of the citrus baking. It really was the greatest surprise. I Instagrammed about it.
Let’s not forget the crunchiness and saltiness of the kale. The trick with making kale chips is to use a minimal amount of salt or only salt when they come right out of the oven.
To top everything off, we have honey roasted walnuts, which give the recipe a last bit of sweetness and also heartiness. The citrus vinaigrette brings out the flavors in the beet noodles and the oranges.
Winter blood oranges, I haven’t forgotten about you. I’m coming for you!
Have you ever tried baking oranges?