The Main Ingredient Of The Dish: Parsnip

Parsnip is a delicious and versatile root vegetable that can be used in a variety of dishes. Here are five recipes where parsnips take the lead role:

1. Roasted Parsnips: To make this dish, preheat your oven to 400°F. Peel and cut your parsnips into thick slices, then toss them in olive oil, salt, and pepper. Spread the parsnips onto a baking sheet and roast for about 45 minutes or until golden brown and tender.

2. Parsnip Soup: Start by sautéing an onion in butter until it is softened. Add chopped parsnips, potatoes, and some stock. Simmer for about 20 minutes or until the vegetables are very tender. Blend the soup in a blender or food processor until smooth and serve with crusty bread.

3. Parsnip Fries: Preheat your oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Peel your parsnips and cut them into thin strips resembling fries. Toss in olive oil, salt, pepper, and any other herbs or spices you like. Spread the fries onto the baking sheet and bake for about 20 minutes until golden brown and crispy.

4. Parsnip Mash: Boil peeled and chopped parsnips in salted water until they are soft. Drain the parsnips and add butter, cream, salt, pepper, and any other seasonings you like. Mash with a fork or potato masher until the desired texture is reached.

5. Parsnip Cake: Preheat your oven to 350°F. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, melted butter, sugar, and vanilla extract. Add in grated parsnips and mix until combined. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until just combined. Pour batter into a greased 9” cake pan and bake for about 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool before serving.