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What Herbs or Spices Would You Use With Parsnips?
« on: January 31, 2014, 01:51:09 PM »
I'm going to be doing a bit of a marathon cooking session this weekend and one of the things I have is parsnips.  I normally just cut them up and boil them, add a little salt and pepper and maybe a drizzle of maple syrup and call it done.

But I was watching MasterChef Canada and one of the contestants made a parsnip puree.  I'll add salt and pepper and probably a little butter but what other herbs or spices would give it a little kick?
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Re: What Herbs or Spices Would You Use With Parsnips?
« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2014, 01:58:46 PM »
If I could make an alternative suggestion, roast the parsnips instead!  Parboil them for about thirty seconds while fat - ideally duck fat, but olive oil or lard or whatever will do - heats in the oven, then put the parsnip quarters into the hot fat, roll them over to coat them, and roast them for about half an hour.  Nothing better!

If you really want them pureed, a smidge of cayenne should help.

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Re: What Herbs or Spices Would You Use With Parsnips?
« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2014, 02:09:11 PM »
I agree that parsnips roasted are yummy, especially mixed with apples.

My favorite way to make parsnips is boiled and mashed, and I found that they mash/purée much more smoothly if cooked in milk, or milk and water, rather than just water.

Rosemary goes nicely with parsnips either way.
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Re: What Herbs or Spices Would You Use With Parsnips?
« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2014, 02:24:14 PM »
I've tried roasting root veggies.  With the exception of potatoes, I don't like them.  I'm not sure why - it might be a texture thing?  When I boil veggies, I leave them tender crisp so that might be it.

I have some milk that is out of date so maybe I'll use that up on the boiling of the parsnips.  And I have some dried rosemary from my garden last summer!  I also have some cayenne.  So I'll have to take a couple of little portions and add a bit to see what I like better.
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Re: What Herbs or Spices Would You Use With Parsnips?
« Reply #4 on: January 31, 2014, 03:06:27 PM »
I love them roasted. I use rosemary. Another idea is to sprinkle with balsamic vinegar after your roast them. I also like mango vinegar.

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Re: What Herbs or Spices Would You Use With Parsnips?
« Reply #5 on: January 31, 2014, 06:53:45 PM »
Ah, my favorite root vegetable...

I like to do a roast chicken with roasted parsnips, petite quartered red potatoes, and carrots.  I smother the whole lot in olive oil, rosemary, thyme, garlic, onion powder, and lemon zest (or juice...sometimes both)...every once in awhile I'll add a bit of pepper and sea salt at the very end, depending on my mood.  It is SO freaking good.
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Re: What Herbs or Spices Would You Use With Parsnips?
« Reply #6 on: February 01, 2014, 08:59:16 PM »
I ended up using some lemon thyme that I harvested last fall.  They came out well.
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Re: What Herbs or Spices Would You Use With Parsnips?
« Reply #7 on: February 02, 2014, 12:23:25 AM »
I'm going to be doing a bit of a marathon cooking session this weekend and one of the things I have is parsnips.  I normally just cut them up and boil them, add a little salt and pepper and maybe a drizzle of maple syrup and call it done.

But I was watching MasterChef Canada and one of the contestants made a parsnip puree.  I'll add salt and pepper and probably a little butter but what other herbs or spices would give it a little kick?

Mm, parsnip. I'd try maple, thyme, and cayenne.

You can do oven-roasted parsnip fries nicely in your oven. Coat with canola oil, salt, pepper, and brown sugar, then let roast until they get crispy. Good dipped in apple butter.

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Re: What Herbs or Spices Would You Use With Parsnips?
« Reply #8 on: February 02, 2014, 07:34:12 AM »
I wash, peel, then slice lengthwise (to about 1/4 inch).  Then dredge in flour w/salt & pepper and then pan fry in butter until brown (on mid heat).  Never ever thought of eating them any other way - but my brother boils and then mashes them for mashed nips.  Parsnips are very expensive around here, wish that they weren't!

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Re: What Herbs or Spices Would You Use With Parsnips?
« Reply #9 on: February 27, 2014, 09:37:51 PM »
How about a combo idea?

Try roasting them with some honey or maple syrup, a sprinkling of salt, a little rosemary, and cayenne for kick.

Once they're done, puree them.

It's a little more effort but you'd get the lovely caramelised deliciousness of the roasted parsnips in the puree form you want. They do dry out somewhat in roasting though so you'd probably need extra liquid.

I've been known to make roast potato mash, it's familiar and safe but a totally different taste experience, even kids love it.

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Re: What Herbs or Spices Would You Use With Parsnips?
« Reply #10 on: March 03, 2014, 01:42:47 PM »
Parsnips roasted are amazing if you add honey. I also roasted some once with juniper berries after I mistook them for peppercorns - that was a little odd but very, very nice - very fragrant. Sage also goes well and I second the rosemary.

If you don't want to roast them I suggest a generous pinch of curry powder. If you have the time and/or patience, spicy parsnip soup is AMAZING. My recipe uses curry powder, cumin, coriander and cardamom and whatever else spicy I have to hand.
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