With the harvest season in full swing, there’s no better time to cook up the delicious sustenance that’s been marinating just beneath the earth’s surface all summer long. Root vegetables are the key ingredients for delicious casseroles, side dishes and desserts, perfect for your next family gathering or harvest dinner party. Get down to your roots this fall with these fabulous veggie recipes.

Photo Credit: Ben Fink

Photo Credit: Ben Fink

A superb recipe that even non-vegetarians dig, turnips complimented with yogurt and tomatoes can satisfy both as side dish or main course. Adapted from World Vegetarian by SAVEUR consulting editor, Madhur Jaffrey, this recipe calls for salted yogurt, six medium turnips, peanut oil, cumin seeds, two tomatoes and cayenne pepper blended together for a true taste of the season. Jaffrey also suggests marinating turnips in salted yogurt to draw out the potato-like vegetable’s excess moisture.

After keeping turnips in the “why bother” category for years, Kate Darlington of Blooming Glen Farm discovered this recipe for maple and cardamom-glazed root veggies and never doubted the power of turnips again. The maple contrasts the bitterness of turnips, while the cardamom enhances the root’s spicy, somewhat earthy taste.

A tasty breakfast treat or savory dessert, this sweet potato smoothie is ideal for any time of day. From top foodie blog, Spoon Fork Bacon, Teri Lyn Fisher provides a great way to use  sweet potatoes that may be a day or two past their prime. This easy recipe takes about five minutes to prepare and is quite the alternative for a seasonal snack.