Roasted Parsley Root


Parsley root, found in markets with a large Jewish, German, or Polish clientele, tastes like a cross between carrots and celery. Try roasting it using this recipe from chef Marcus Samuelsson's "New American Table" cookbook for delicious results. Use in his Lamb Stew (pictured), if desired.


  • Juice of 2 lemons

  • 1 cup long beans or green beans, cut into 1-inch pieces

  • 3 cups peeled 2-inch cubes parsley root or celery root

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped

  • 1 tablespoon chopped thyme

  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce

  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley

  • 2 tablespoons chopped mint

  • 2 tablespoons toasted pine nuts, chopped


  1. Bring half of the lemon juice and 2 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add beans and simmer for 2 minutes. Remove from liquid with a slotted spoon; set aside. Add parsley root to liquid and cook for 5 minutes. Drain and set aside.

  2. Add olive oil to skillet and heat over medium heat. Add garlic, thyme, and parsley root; cook, stirring, until garlic is golden, about 5 minutes. Stir in maple syrup, butter, remaining lemon juice, and salt; cook for 2 minutes. Stir in soy sauce, parsley, mint, beans, and toasted pine nuts. Toss to combine and cook until just heated through.

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