Herbed Roasted Parsnips – Sweet Cs Designs

Roasted parsnips are one of my favorite easy side dishes – they have a soft, earthy flavor that pairs perfectly with garlic and lots of herbs when cooked to perfection!

Roasted potatoes and parsnips on a plate with herbs.

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Roasted Herb and Garlic Parsnips

Herbed roasted parsnips offer a delightful fusion of rustic charm and aromatic flavors, making them an ideal side dish for a variety of meals. The key to their deliciousness lies in the simple yet effective combination of garlic salt, Italian herbs, salt, pepper, and olive oil. These ingredients work in harmony to enhance the naturally sweet and earthy flavor of parsnips. When roasted, the outer layer of the parsnips becomes tantalizingly crispy, while the inside remains tender and succulent. The garlic salt adds a piquant edge, complemented by the medley of Italian herbs which infuse the dish with a warm, herbaceous aroma. This is rounded off by the richness of the olive oil, creating a dish that is both comforting and sophisticated.

The preparation process for herbed roasted parsnips is straightforward and enjoyable, perfect for both novice cooks and culinary aficionados. The parsnips are first peeled and sliced into even pieces, ensuring that they cook uniformly. They are then tossed in a mixture of olive oil, garlic salt, a generous sprinkling of Italian herbs, and seasoned with salt and pepper to taste. This ensures each piece is evenly coated with the flavorful concoction. The parsnips are then spread out on a baking sheet, giving them ample space to roast without sticking together. Roasted in a preheated oven, they transform into golden-brown delights, with the herbs visibly speckled on their caramelized surfaces. These herbed roasted parsnips are not just a side dish, but a celebration of simple ingredients coming together to create an unforgettable culinary experience.

Herbed pineapple slices on a baking sheet.

How to Make Herb Roasted Parsnips

To make this recipe, you will need the following ingredients:

  • Parsnips: Parsnips are the star of this dish. They bring a sweet and nutty flavor to the recipe. When roasted, they develop a slightly caramelized exterior and tender interior, making them a delightful side dish.
  • Olive Oil: Olive oil is used to coat the parsnips and helps them achieve a crispy and golden-brown exterior during roasting. It also adds a mild fruity flavor to the dish.
  • Garlic Salt: Garlic salt adds a savory and garlicky kick to the parsnips. It enhances the overall flavor profile and provides a balanced seasoning.
  • Dried Italian Herbs Blend: The dried Italian herbs blend, which typically includes herbs like basil, oregano, and parsley, imparts a Mediterranean-inspired flavor to the parsnips. It contributes aromatic and earthy notes that complement the sweetness of the parsnips.
  • Salt and Black Pepper: These seasonings are essential for enhancing the overall taste of the dish. They add a balanced saltiness and a hint of heat from the black pepper.
  • Chopped Fresh Parsley (Optional): Fresh parsley, when used as a garnish, brings a burst of color and a refreshing, herbaceous flavor to the roasted parsnips. It’s optional but can elevate the presentation and taste.

Once we gather our ingredients, we will use the following method:

  • Preheat the Oven: Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).
  • Prepare the Parsnips: Peel the parsnips and cut them into 2-inch sticks, similar in size to French fries.
  • Season the Parsnips: In a large bowl, toss the parsnip sticks with olive oil, garlic salt, dried Italian herbs, salt, and black pepper. Make sure the parsnips are well coated with the seasoning mixture.
  • Roasting: Spread the seasoned parsnips in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. This will help prevent sticking and make cleanup easier.
  • Roast: Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven and roast the parsnips for about 25-30 minutes or until they are tender and have developed a golden-brown color. You can flip them halfway through the cooking time for even browning.
  • Garnish and Serve: Once the parsnips are done, remove them from the oven. If desired, garnish with chopped fresh parsley for a pop of color and freshness. Serve hot as a delicious side dish.
Roasted pineapple on a baking sheet.

Tips and Tricks for Perfect Herbed Roasted Parsnips

Choose Fresh Parsnips: Start with fresh parsnips that are firm and not wrinkled or mushy. Smaller to medium-sized parsnips tend to be sweeter and more tender.

Peel and Trim: Peel the parsnips with a vegetable peeler to remove their tough outer skin, which can be bitter. Trim off the tops and bottoms, and then cut them into uniform-sized pieces for even cooking.

Preheat Your Oven: Make sure your oven is fully preheated before you put the parsnips in. This helps them cook evenly and become tender on the inside while developing a nice outer crust.

Use High Heat: Roasting parsnips at a higher temperature, such as 400°F (200°C) or higher, helps them caramelize and develop a lovely golden color on the outside while maintaining a tender interior.

Toss with Olive Oil: Coat the parsnips with olive oil to prevent them from sticking to the baking sheet and to encourage even browning. About 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil per pound of parsnips is a good guideline.

Season Generously: Don’t be shy with the seasoning. Sprinkle the parsnips with salt and black pepper to taste. You can also add herbs and spices for extra flavor. Popular options include rosemary, thyme, garlic powder, or even a pinch of paprika.

Spread Evenly: Arrange the parsnips in a single layer on a baking sheet. Crowding them can lead to steaming instead of roasting, so use a larger baking sheet if needed.

Flip and Rotate: To ensure even cooking and browning, flip the parsnips with a spatula about halfway through the roasting time. You can also rotate the baking sheet if your oven has hot spots.

Watch Closely: Keep a close eye on the parsnips as they roast. They can go from beautifully caramelized to burnt fairly quickly, so monitor their progress.

Test for Doneness: To check if the parsnips are done, insert a fork or knife into one of the larger pieces. It should pierce easily, and the parsnip should be tender throughout. Cooking times can vary, but they typically take 25-35 minutes.

Serve Promptly: Roasted parsnips are best enjoyed hot and right out of the oven when they are at their crispiest.

Customize Your Herbs: Experiment with different herbs and seasonings to create variations of herbed roasted parsnips. Fresh herbs like rosemary, thyme, and parsley work well, as do dried herbs like oregano or sage.

FAQs

What are parsnips, and how do they differ from carrots?

Parsnips are root vegetables similar in appearance to carrots but are generally paler in color. They have a sweeter and nuttier flavor compared to carrots, which tend to be sweeter and more vibrant in color.

Can I use fresh herbs instead of dried Italian herbs blend?

Yes, you can absolutely use fresh herbs in this recipe. Simply chop fresh herbs like basil, oregano, and parsley and toss them with the parsnips before roasting. Fresh herbs can provide a more vibrant and aromatic flavor.

How do I peel and prepare parsnips?

To prepare parsnips, start by peeling them with a vegetable peeler to remove the tough outer skin. Then, trim the ends and cut them into sticks or rounds, depending on your preference. Make sure to remove any woody or fibrous parts.

Can I make this dish ahead of time?

While roasted parsnips are best enjoyed fresh out of the oven, you can make them ahead of time and reheat them in the oven for a few minutes to regain their crispiness. Store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

What dishes pair well with herbed roasted parsnips?

Herbed roasted parsnips make a versatile side dish that pairs well with a variety of main courses. They complement roasted meats such as chicken, beef, or lamb. They also work nicely with vegetarian dishes and can be served alongside a hearty salad or as part of a holiday meal.

Can I adjust the seasonings to my taste?

Absolutely! Feel free to adjust the quantities of garlic salt, dried herbs, salt, and pepper to match your personal taste preferences. You can also experiment with different herb blends for a unique flavor profile.

Whats the key to achieving crispy roasted parsnips?

Achieving crispiness in roasted parsnips requires preheating your oven, using enough olive oil to coat them, and spreading them out in a single layer on a baking sheet. This allows for even roasting and a golden-brown exterior.

Are parsnips nutritious?

Yes, parsnips are a nutritious vegetable. They are a good source of fiber, vitamin C, and various minerals. They are also lower in calories than some other starchy vegetables like potatoes.

Herbed roasted potatoes with sprigs of thyme.

What to Serve With Herbed Roasted Parsnips

Roast Meats: Roasted parsnips complement roasted meats beautifully. Serve them alongside roast chicken, turkey, beef, pork, or lamb for a hearty and flavorful meal.

Grilled Proteins: Grilled meats such as steak, chicken, or salmon can be a great match for roasted parsnips. The contrast between the smoky flavors of the grill and the sweet, nutty parsnips is delightful.

Vegetarian Mains: If you prefer a vegetarian meal, consider serving roasted parsnips with a vegetarian or vegan main course. Options include vegetable lasagna, stuffed bell peppers, or a hearty vegetable stir-fry.

Salads: Roasted parsnips can add depth and texture to salads. Toss them with mixed greens, nuts, cheese, and a vinaigrette dressing for a delicious salad with roasted parsnip accents.

Holiday Meals: Roasted parsnips are a great addition to holiday feasts. They pair well with traditional holiday dishes like roast turkey, ham, or prime rib. They can also be part of a vegetarian holiday meal.

Soups: Consider adding roasted parsnips to soups and stews for a unique flavor. They work well in creamy soups, adding both sweetness and creaminess.

Grain Dishes: Serve roasted parsnips alongside grain-based dishes such as quinoa, couscous, or rice. The combination of grains and roasted vegetables is both filling and nutritious.

Savory Tarts: Roasted parsnips can be a delightful addition to savory tarts or quiches. Combine them with other vegetables, cheese, and herbs for a flavorful tart filling.

Sauces and Condiments: Puree roasted parsnips to create a creamy and flavorful sauce or condiment. It can be used as a topping for proteins or as a dip for bread or crackers.

Cheese and Charcuterie Platters: Include roasted parsnips on a cheese and charcuterie platter for added variety and flavor. They pair nicely with a selection of cheeses, cured meats, and crackers.

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Herbed Roasted Parsnips Recipe

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Ingredients

  • 1 pound parsnips, peeled and cut into 2-inch sticks
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian herbs blend (or a mix of dried basil, oregano, and parsley)
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Chopped fresh parsley (optional, for garnish)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the Oven: Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).
  2. Prepare the Parsnips: Peel the parsnips and cut them into 2-inch sticks, similar in size to French fries.
  3. Season the Parsnips: In a large bowl, toss the parsnip sticks with olive oil, garlic salt, dried Italian herbs, salt, and black pepper. Make sure the parsnips are well coated with the seasoning mixture.
  4. Roasting: Spread the seasoned parsnips in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. This will help prevent sticking and make cleanup easier.
  5. Roast: Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven and roast the parsnips for about 25-30 minutes or until they are tender and have developed a golden-brown color. You can flip them halfway through the cooking time for even browning.
  6. Garnish and Serve: Once the parsnips are done, remove them from the oven. If desired, garnish with chopped fresh parsley for a pop of color and freshness. Serve hot as a delicious side dish.

Nutrition Information

Yield 2

Serving Size 1

Amount Per Serving

Calories 287Total Fat 14gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 12gCholesterol 0mgSodium 1108mgCarbohydrates 40gFiber 9gSugar 11gProtein 3g

Nutrition is automatically calculated by Nutritionix – please verify all nutrition information independently and consult with a doctor or nutritionist for any and all medical and diet advice.


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