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The Root Vegetable We Love For Dinner... And Dessert

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Parsnips! On the outside they may seem like pale, slightly dowdier carrots—the less-flashy root vegetable that doesn't get to star in Instagram photos or headline crudité platters. But underneath its slightly "blah" exterior lies a (delicious) heart of gold; oh, how we have been wasting parsnips' potential! Starchy, nutty, and endlessly versatile, parsnips should be your new favorite root vegetable.

Hear us out: Parsnips shine just as brightly in sweet recipes as in savory. Parsnips are excellent mashed, roasted, or grated into cakes and latkes. Plus, "parsnip" is also a very fun word to say.

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Have we convinced you? If we haven't, these 16 recipes will do the trick.

Seared and Glazed Parsnips with Rosemary
Seared and Glazed Parsnips with Rosemary
Vegan Lentil Shepherd’s Pie with Parsnip and and Potato Mash
Vegan Lentil Shepherd’s Pie with Parsnip and and Potato Mash
Parsnip and Potato Mash

Parsnip and Potato Mash by Merrill Stubbs

Sweet Potato & Parsnip Mash

Sweet Potato & Parsnip Mash by hardlikearmour

Creamed Spinach and Parsnips
Creamed Spinach and Parsnips
Crisp and Tender Roasted Root Vegetables
Crisp and Tender Roasted Root Vegetables
Sweet Potato Parsnip Latkes with Feta and Leeks

Sweet Potato Parsnip Latkes with Feta and Leeks by deensiebat

Variegated Spiced Latkes

Variegated Spiced Latkes by Sagegreen

Autumn Root Vegetable Gratin with Herbs and Cheese
Autumn Root Vegetable Gratin with Herbs and Cheese
Reform Jewish Penicillin
Reform Jewish Penicillin
Pureed Parsnip and Cardamom Soup with Caramelized Shallots
Pureed Parsnip and Cardamom Soup with Caramelized Shallots
Black Pepper Tagliatelle with Parsnips and Pancetta
Black Pepper Tagliatelle with Parsnips and Pancetta
Stuffed Portobello Mushroom Caps with Roasted Root Vegetable Risotto
Stuffed Portobello Mushroom Caps with Roasted Root Vegetable Risotto
Spiced Parsnip Cake

Spiced Parsnip Cake by hardlikearmour

Parsnip Cake with Blood Orange Buttercream

Parsnip Cake with Blood Orange Buttercream by Food52

Tipsy Apple-Parsnip Cake with Sultanas and Cider Glaze
Tipsy Apple-Parsnip Cake with Sultanas and Cider Glaze

What's your favorite way to use parsnips? Give us some more inspiration!


Tags: root vegetables, parsnips