Creamed Spinach and Parsnips

October  6, 2014
Photo by Alpha Smoot
Author Notes

There’s something about parsnips roasting in the oven that smells like Thanksgiving. Accentuate its sweet nutty flavor with butter and honey and add to creamed spinach, and you’ve got a sweet, salty, and perfectly comforting combination of flavors that’s perfect for Thanksgiving or any fall meal. —Feed Me Dearly

Test Kitchen Notes

Feed Me Dearly's wonderful Creamed Spinach And Parsnips is just perfect for a holiday meal -- or any meal really. It's creamy and comforting, and I love the addition of parsnips, which take this classic creamed spinach to another level. The parsnips are buttery and a bit sweet, and they make a great addition both in texture and flavor. I roasted the parsnips at 375° F, and they got nicely crisp. Every year I add one new recipe to my Thanksgiving menu, and this year it will be this fantastic vegetable dish. —sdebrango

  • Serves 2 to 4
  • 3 parsnips
  • 3 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 large bunch (or 2 medium bunches) of spinach
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 cup half and half or cream
  • 1 pinch nutmeg
  • Salt and pepper
In This Recipe
  1. Clean, peel, and slice your parsnips into 1-inch batons.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400° F. Par-cook the parsnips until almost cooked through in either a pot of simmering salted water for approximately 20 to 30 mins, or with a few inches of water in a slow cooker set to high heat (I cooked mine this way and it took about 3 hours).
  3. When the parsnips are done, lay them in a single layer on a baking sheet and drizzle with a 2 tablespoons each of melted butter and honey.
  4. Roast the parsnips in the preheated oven for 20 to 30 minutes until they start to get crispy and brown.
  5. While the parsnips are roasting, clean the leaves from a large bunch of spinach and remove the tough stems. Roughly chop the spinach, blanch it in salted boiling water until bright green (less than 15 seconds), and then run it under cold water to set the color. Squeeze out the liquid and set aside.
  6. Chop a small onion, and sautée it in some olive oil and butter (1 tablespoon each) on medium heat. When the onion is becoming translucent, add a tablespoon of flour and cook for another minute.
  7. While the flour is cooking down, heat a cup of half and half in the microwave or on the stovetop for a minute, and then stir it slowly into the onions, whisking frequently to make sure there are no flour lumps.
  8. Cook the half and half down for a few minutes until it's starting to thicken, then add a pinch of nutmeg, salt and pepper, and taste for seasoning.
  9. Add your parsnips and spinach, heat through, and serve.

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