Parsnip Love

by Valerie on November 30, 2011 · 8 comments

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Tomorrow is December. I still can remember December sneaking up on me last year, which is why it is very confusing it has happened again.

Let’s talk parsnips instead.  I do not cook with them often enough.  When I saw parsnips was the ingredient for this month’s Sweet or Savory Kitchen Challenge hosted, as always, by Ricki and Kim, I had all sorts of ideas for an original recipe. I even consulted my friend Christina who, in addition to being an apple expert (and whose good counsel on Ginger Golds resulted in this recipe for Apple Dal last year), is a parsnip expert. She gave me tips on technique and what to look for when purchasing. I thought of a tahini spinach recipe with parsnip (inspired by this recent recipe for Collard Greens with Tahini).

And then I remembered Gena’s recipe for Creamy Coconut Parsnip Rice with Caramelized Butternut Squash, and I decided to make that instead for this month’s SOS seeing instead of an original recipe.  And am I glad I did. This recipe it truly amazing – sweet, savory, creamy, a wonderful burst of flavors. It has also convinced me that I need to make parsnip rice more often as it is easy and very satisfying.


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1 Alissa - Not Just Apples December 1, 2011 at 9:59 am

Wow, this looks great, thanks for the recipe link! I get stuck at roasting parsnips, or adding them to a soup…


2 Valerie December 6, 2011 at 3:21 am

Alissa, I owe you an email – must.get.on.that!


3 DCCHughes December 1, 2011 at 4:15 pm

Wow! This looks really interesting… And, notwithstanding my “expert” status and love for the veggie, I don’t make much with parsnips. I think I’m going to have to give this a try. (It also gives me another use for the food processor my husband is always grousing about.)


4 Valerie December 6, 2011 at 3:22 am

I think the key is a bit of sweetness and richness – it makes the parsnip rice come together nicely.


5 bitt December 1, 2011 at 7:00 pm

you managed to make parsnip look appealing, usually i run in the other direction. 😉


6 Valerie December 6, 2011 at 3:22 am

Thanks Bitt. Do be sure to check out Gena’s recipe.


7 Gena December 3, 2011 at 11:11 pm

I am so happy you liked it :)


8 Valerie December 6, 2011 at 3:22 am

Loved it!


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