First Fresh Friday of February! Up this week? Parsnips! I don’t have any logic behind why I chose them, other than I went to Soergel’s Orchards Market in Wexford a few days prior and decided they didn’t look too intimidating. How hard can a dirty white carrot-looking vegetable be? I picked up four…just in case I messed up…
I know how strange this will sound, but despite them so closely resembling a carrot, I actually thought they weren’t sweet for some reason. I believed they tasted closer to a mild radish, but sure enough, they’re sweet. Not as sugary as a carrot but undeniably similar in flavor. If I wasn’t looking at it and popped a piece in my mouth, I would have guessed it was a carrot. Aside from not being as sweet, it also had a woodier center. For this reason, they are not typically eaten raw, although they are safe to consume that way if you’d like.
Since I try to keep these new veggies accessible, I decided that roasting them would serve the parsnips well. They should caramelize a touch in the oven, giving me a sweet side without added sugar.
Gluten Free Quick Roasted Parsnips
2 tablespoons Olive Oil
Wash off the parsnips, peel them, then cut off the tops and bottoms. Chop them into large pieces about an inch in size (yes, I know the shape doesn’t make this completely even). Place them on a baking sheet and drizzle oil over the parsnips. Toss them around with your hands so they are evenly coated. Sprinkle salt and pepper on them. Pop in a 425° F oven for 25 minutes or until golden brown, stirring halfway through.
Were they appetizing? Yes. Would I make them again? Yes. The catch? I’m not a big fan of sweet vegetables (probably shouldn’t have caramelized them then is what you are thinking now but I assumed it would be the most likable approach for anyone else). They were simple and smelled a lot like kettle corn when they came out of the oven, but not something I would put in my regular rotation. Anyone who likes cooked carrots (I stick to raw) would absolutely adore them. I just prefer a more watery, less candy-like vegetable aside from the occasional sweet potato. Still a thumbs up though considering I finished them off!