17 Parsnip Recipes That Will Make You Fall for This Underappreciated Root Vegetable
Get to know the parsnip, a pale and exceptionally interesting root vegetable that should be part of your fall and winter repertoire. It's delicious roasted, mashed, in soups, as part of vegetarian entrées, and even in dessert. Check out these tempting parsnip recipes.
The pale parsnip is so much more than a carrot with the color photoshopped out of it. Parsnips are delicious and interesting, and they absolutely deserve our attention. Despite the fact that they're usually eaten just once or twice in winter, or else brought to the Thanksgiving table where they are lost in a cornucopia of side dishes, these hearty root vegetables have serious culinary backbone. That's why we firmly believe that parsnips should feature on our dinner and lunch menus far more often than they do.
Parsnips are typically a cold-season root vegetable, and they're ideally harvested after the first frost (a cold snap makes them sweeter). Adaptable and healthy, high in fiber, vitamin C, and minerals (especially potassium), they are versatile enough to carry a vegetarian entrée, diversify a salad, or create a creamily comforting soup. Perhaps one of the reasons that this blond taproot remains underutilized and undervalued is that it is sold naked. Unlike bunched carrots with their tops on, parsnips are displayed without their eye-catching foliage. There is a good reason for this: Exposure to their leafsap can cause a photosensitive contact dermatitis, similar to poison ivy, as anyone who has inadvertently hiked through a feral patch can attest. But removing their leaves before sale keeps everyone safe.
So, how do you prep and cook parsnips? They can be peeled before use, but their skins are an additional source of flavor, so scrubbing up a batch to roast is a cinch. Refreshingly crisp when uncooked, they turn mellow and soft after boiling—easy to mash and purée. Roasting emphasizes their sweetness. They can even be used in dessert! We highly suggest trying our Spiced Parsnip Cupcakes. We promise, you'll be glad you did.
Light and Bright Beef Stew
Fresh dill and white wine balance the sweetness of parsnips and leeks in this slow-cooked and brothy beef stew. It's just the thing to make when the weather turns cold.
Your new favorite soup recipe features winter squash, parsnips, apples, and nutty brown butter. It's spiked with aromatic fresh thyme and musky sage for even more flavor.
Shaved Parsnip and Grapefruit Salad
The assertive flavors of bittersweet grapefruit segments and flat leaf parsley offset the sweet crispness of raw parsnip in this vibrant salad.
Parsnip-Pumpkin Seed Fries
Powdering pumpkin seeds and tossing the parsnips in the nutty coating adds crunch to these caramel-chewy fries.
Roasted Carrots and Parsnips with Minty Yogurt Sauce
Roasting emphasizes the sweetness of both root vegetables, but their textures are delightfully different: silky (carrots) and chewy (parsnips). Their combined caramels are balanced by refreshing minty yogurt and fresh thyme leaves.
Roasted-Parsnip Bread Pudding
Brioche, parsnips, cream, eggs, and white wine come together to make this opulent bread pudding. It checks all the boxes for a main course centerpiece.
Customizable Vegetable Soup
For warming many hungry tummies, our customizable vegetable soup allows you to put whatever is in your pantry and refrigerator to good use, ensuring you make the most of what is on hand. Be sure to choose parsnips!
Orecchiette with Sausage, Chard, and Parsnips
Slow-Cooker Root-Vegetable Confit
Chicken Soup with Dill Spaetzli
Abundant fresh dill brightens the dumplings in this soothing chicken and parsnip soup.
Chorizo, Parsnip, and Olive Bites
For individualized cocktail snack pair spicy chorizo with warm, roasted parsnips, and salty olives.
Spiced Parsnip Cupcakes
Winter-Vegetable Red Curry
Spanish Clam Soup
Pork with Pears and Parsnip Mash
A beautifully smooth parsnip and potato mash is the perfect resting place for the delectable gravy for this pan-roasted pork loin.
Roasted Parsnips with Rosemary
These wedges of parsnip are like chunky fries, their roasted sweetness highlighted by tossing with rosemary before cooking.
Roasted-Parsnip Soup with Chorizo
Roasting parsnips before puréeing them adds a rich layer of flavor to this soup. The bright caper tapenade is genius finishing touch. For a vegan version substitute vegetable broth and skip the chorizo.