This Parsnip Recipe comes together in a matter of minutes! A vegan, healthy, parsnip recipe it’s perfect for a side dish for Thanksgiving and Christmas or Hanukkah!
It is so busy hosting a holiday dinner! There is so much to do! Planning, Shopping, Lists, Organization …. not to mention the actual cooking! There is the turkey to cook, the potatoes, the vegetables, the stuffing/ dressing, cranberry sauce, the gravy and of course, the pies!
This is the perfect addition to your recipe line-up! Why? Because, it is ridiculously easy!! Aaaannnddd….. they are gorgeously caramelized!
The odd thing is, I had never tried parsnips before a few years ago! I’m not sure why! There were less options, locally, from the grocery stores, for different vegetables, when I was young! I had never even seen them! Now I search them out.
What are parsnips
Parsnips are a root vegetable that are closely related to carrots and parsley. In fact, they are sometimes referred to as white carrots. They have an earthy flavor and are incredibly delicious. They taste like a carrot on steroids. They have a sweet flavor, like carrots, with a mild peppery note.
They are delicious added to soups and stews and taste just as good by themselves. They can be boiled, mashed, pan fried and lend themselves well to oven roasting. They are also delicious roasted with carrots.
Ingredients you need
- parsnips, cut julienne style
- coconut oil can substitute butter or any vegan or vegetarian butter substitute
- brown sugar use certified organic sugar, raw sugar, white sugar, honey or maple syrup
- kosher salt and black pepper to taste
How to make this Parsnip Recipe
- Figure about 1/4-1/2 cup parsnips per person. For the holidays, I would go less than 1/4 cup, because there is always so much to eat.
- Peel parsnips. Julienne the parsnips.
- Place in saute pan or saucepan with just a little water. Parboil for about 2 minutes, depending on size of your julienne. Can move to ice bath and stop here, if preparing ahead.
- If preparing ahead, remove from refrigerator to come to room temperature. Or if continuing, dry out pan.
- Add one tablespoon coconut oil to pan.
- Add one tablespoon brown sugar to pan.
- Brown on high heat, until nicely golden brown and caramelized. Fork test them to make sure they are tender.
- Serve with a pinch of kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper.
Other ways to serve parsnips
- use a food processor or stand mixer to mash or purée them. Use vegetable broth to thin out mashed parsnips to enhance the flavor.
- Place parsnips on a rimmed baking sheet in a single layer. Roast them in the oven at 400°F / 200°C for about 20 minutes.
- freshly grated nutmeg
- fresh herbs like parsley, thyme, dill, sage or rosemary
How to store leftovers
Place leftovers in a storage bag or container. Store in the fridge for about 3 days.
Reheat individual servings in the microwave for 1-1.5 minutes.
That is really how easy it is to make this Caramelized Parsnip Recipe! It literally takes less than 10 minutes, from start to finish and can be started 2-3 days ahead! Then just quickly brown them in a hot pan, the day of.
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What to serve with them
Other delicious vegetable recipes
- cauliflower au gratin
- broccoli salad
- brussels sprouts salad
- roasted butternut squash
- green beans amandine
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Parsnip Recipe – Vegan
- Place parsnips in no stick pan with 1/4 cup water. Cover, turn on high. once boiling, Drain water.
- Let the heat from stove dry out pot. (Can be placed in water bath to cool and refrigerated until ready to proceed.)
- Add coconut oil and brown sugar. Sauté over high heat in a large skillet, until caramelized and tender.
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