Powerful Parsnips and Day 9 of Zesty Christmas

by zesty on December 19, 2011 · 78 comments

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With Christmas season quickly approaching I wanted to take a few minutes and talk about a vegetable that often is forgotten.  The Parsnip.  Personally I love parsnips but growing up, I never really knew what they were.  We never had them at home usually just carrots and turnip were the staples… no parsnip.  Not until I started cooking on my own where I would experiment with the flavor of parsnip.

Being sweet, parsnips are excellent roasted, a process that caramelizes their sugars. They also make good alternative chips, or can be layered with other root vegetables to form a spin on a scalloped root vegetable dish.

FYI – These parsnip chips are too die for.

Mashed parsnips are useful but do need rich additions to improve both the texture and flavor. Dry the pieces carefully before mashing, then add plenty of butter or cream, black pepper and sweet spices such as nutmeg.

Some dry mashed potato can also be mixed into mashed parsnip to lighten it and this makes a good topping for shepherd’s pie.

What is in the Parsnip?

A parsnip looks like a white carrot (and is, in fact, in the same family). Along with their sweet flavor, parsnips bring vitamin C, folate, and potassium to the table.

How to Pick the Perfect Parsnip?

Selection: Good-quality parsnips will be firm, straight and have no deformities or blemishes. The coloring will be even and white to cream.

Avoid: Avoid product that is dry, shriveled, soft or has dark blemishes. Yellow or tan coloring indicates old product.

Did You Know: Frost improves their flavor.

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