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What are parsnips?

Parsnips are a root vegetable that are similar in appearance to white carrots. They have a slightly sweet and nutty taste and are often used in soups, stews, and as a roasted side dish. They are a good source of fiber, vitamin C, and potassium.

How do you cook parsnips?

There are several ways to cook parsnips:

  • Roasting: Peel and chop the parsnips into uniform pieces, toss them with oil, salt, and any desired seasonings, then roast them in a 425F oven for 20-30 minutes, or until they are tender and golden brown.
  • Boiling: Peel and chop the parsnips and add them to a pot of boiling water. Cook for 10-15 minutes, or until they are tender. Drain and mash them as a side dish, or add them to soups or stews.
  • Steaming: Peel and chop the parsnips and steam them for 8-10 minutes, or until they are tender.
  • Sauté: Peel and chop the parsnips, heat a little oil in a pan, and sauté them for 5-7 minutes, or until tender and golden brown.
  • Grating: Grate parsnip into small pieces and add to a pan with butter and seasonings, cook for 5-7 minutes or until soft.

Keep in mind, parsnips can also be eaten raw but they are sweeter and richer when cooked.

What are some good dishes that use parsnips?

Here are a few dishes that use parsnips:

  • Roasted parsnips: Simply toss parsnips with olive oil, salt, pepper and any desired herbs or spices, and roast them in the oven until tender and golden brown. This is a simple and delicious side dish.
  • Parsnip soup: Puree cooked parsnips with chicken or vegetable broth, cream, and seasonings for a creamy and comforting soup.
  • Parsnip and carrot mash: Boil or roast parsnips and carrots together, then mash them with butter and milk for a creamy and flavorful side dish.
  • Parsnip fries: Cut parsnips into thin, French fry-shaped pieces, toss with oil and seasonings, and roast or fry them until crispy and golden brown.
  • Parsnip and apple gratin: Layer thinly sliced parsnips and apples with cream, cheese, and breadcrumbs, and bake until bubbly and golden brown.
  • Parsnip and Potato Hash: Cook diced parsnips and potatoes with onions, garlic, and spices for a tasty breakfast or brunch dish.
  • Parsnip Cake: Mix grated parsnip with flour, eggs, sugar, and spices to make a moist and flavorful cake.
  • Parsnip and meat pie: Mix cooked parsnips with diced meat, vegetables, and a savory sauce, and top with a pastry crust for a hearty and comforting dish.

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