In this 8th grade humanities lesson, students roast fall vegetables and explore how roasting enhances flavor through caramelization. Students eat the roasted vegetables with a Middle Eastern Chermoula sauce and lavash.
After this lesson, students will be able to:
- apply a cooking method without a recipe
- taste ingredients and adjust a recipe accordingly
- learn a simple and versatile sauce
During this lesson, students will:
- wash, cut, season, and roast seasonal vegetables
- demonstrate their tasting skills by adapting the Chermoula recipe to their taste
- brainstorm other uses for the Chermoula sauce
For the Chef Meeting
- Chermoula recipe
- Ingredients and tools for demonstration
- Visual aid
- Seasonal vegetables
- Olive oil
For the Chermoula
- Serrano chili
- Olive oil
- Cumin (optional)
- Coriander (optional)
- Chef knives
- Paring knives
- Crinkle cutter
- Cutting boards
- Sheet pans
- Measuring cups
- Measuring spoons
- Parchment paper
- Mortar and pestle
Before You Begin
- Collect all the tools and ingredients, and then distribute them to the tables
- Gather the supplies for the Chef Meeting
- Create the visual aid
- Copy the Chermoula recipe to hand out
At the Chef Meeting
- Welcome the students and introduce the roasted vegetables with Chermoula as a chance to practice two essential kitchen skills: roasting and seasoning. Emphasize that these kitchen skills are also important life skills that can be taken beyond the Edible Schoolyard kitchen.
- Break down the roasting method as four simple steps: 1. Wash the vegetables; 2. Cut the vegetables into equal sizes; 3. Season the vegetables with olive oil, salt, and pepper; and 4. Cook the vegetables in the oven at 425˚ F.
- Explain how roasting enhances flavor by caramelizing the sugars in the vegetables. Have students suggest other foods that can be roasted.
- Describe the Chermoula as a quick and versatile Middle Eastern green sauce with a lot of flavor. Identify the ingredients in the Chermoula and explain how a sauce, even when simple, can add an important layer of flavor to any recipe.
- Introduce the lavash as a Middle Eastern flatbread. Have the students brainstorm other types of flatbreads found in other cultures.
- Ask the students to wash their hands and join their table group.
At the Table
- Meet with the table groups to introduce the ingredients, review the recipe, and assign jobs.
- Prepare the vegetables.
- While the vegetables are roasting, prepare the Chermoula recipe.
- Set the table.
- Clean up.
At the Closing Circle
What was your favorite roasted vegetable?