The parsnip is part of the carrot family and has a great earthy and sweet flavor. If uncooked, parsnips are a great addition to salads. All you need to do is peel a thin layer of the skin by scraping it with a knife and grate it on top of your salad. The creamy white color of the parsnip will definitely make your salad more appetizing.
However, most prefer parsnips to be cooked and added to soups and a variety of other dishes. When necessary, one can also use parsnips as a substitute to carrots. There are several ways to cook parsnips and here are some tips to guide you.
- Roasted parsnips. If you prefer to roast parsnips, you need to peel a thin layer of the skin and slice them diagonally to get thin strips. However, if your parsnips are small, you have the option of not peeling. Next, you need to roast them until they become tender. Roasting time may vary so to prevent from overcooking the parsnips, you need to monitor and check the texture. You will know if the parsnips are cooked if the texture is soft.
- Boiled parsnips. A healthier way of cooking parsnips is to boil them. To do this, you need to peel the parsnips and slice into quartered-chunks. Then, place into boiling water with a pinch of salt. The parsnips should be fully soaked in boiling water to allow them to cook properly. Continue boiling for about 15 to 20 minutes or until the parsnips become soft. To make sure that they are not overcooked, it is best to check the texture by using a fork. Lastly, you need to drain the water and transfer the cooked parsnips into a bowl. This preparation is best served mashed and mixed with butter.
- Parsnips in soup. Parsnips are great if added to soups. All you need to do is peel the skin and slice into quartered-chunks. Then, stir in to the soup while cooking. It is best to add them in the last few minutes of cooking time to avoid the parsnips from being overcooked.
- Fried parsnips. Parsnips can also be served fried. First, peel and cut the parsnips into strips. Then, you need to heat olive oil in a griddle or you may also use butter to fry the parsnips. Then, fry for about 10-15 minutes until each side turns golden brown. Once cooked, it is best to serve them immediately with butter and a pinch of salt.
Remember, parsnips are like potato and will darken if left unpeeled for a period of time. So if you have already peeled them and need more time to prepare other ingredients for cooking, you can soak them in water with a little lemon juice.
Eating parsnips can have great health benefits and they can be a good addition to your daily diet. Parsnips are very simple to prepare and you can follow these procedures as a guide. So, make them a part of your daily menu and serve parsnips in different and interesting ways.