Parsnips can be found year round in the produce department of most grocery stores, but many people have never tried them because they do not know how to prepare this root vegetable. Some do not even know what it looks like. Parsnips look similar to carrots, but it are creamy white in color, and the texture is somewhat thick and starchy once they are cooked. Although parsnips can be prepared in a number of ways, they are absolutely delicious when fried. Try the following delicious and easy way to fry parsnips, and enjoy a different vegetable side dish that will become a new favorite.
To fry parsnips you will need cooking oil or shortening, white flour, freshly ground sea salt, pepper, scrambled raw egg, and fresh parsnips. Garlic powder is optional. Also required is a skillet for frying, a sharp knife, and a peeler.
The parsnips should be firm and fresh in appearance. When they are fresh they are similar to raw carrots. They should not be soft or rubbery.
How to Fry this Tasty Root Vegetable
The peel can be left in place when preparing to fry round slices. They should be lightly scrubbed with a vegetable brush to remove any soil. Otherwise, peel them in the same manner as you would peel carrots.
Next, cut off the larger end, and begin creating slices approximately ¼-inch thick. Thicker slices will be meatier inside and have a consistency similar to potatoes. However, the flavor is very unique.
To coat the parsnips in preparation to fry them, begin by dipping the slices in raw scrambled egg. Coat the egg-washed slices in the flour while heating the oil or shortening.
Before attempting to fry the parsnips, check to see if the oil is hot enough for frying by performing a quick sizzle test. After it has been warming over medium heat for a few minutes, add a small drop of water to the pan. If it immediately sizzles and pops, the oil is hot enough to fry the parsnips. Otherwise, continue to let it heat for a minute or two longer.
Carefully place the floured parsnips in the pan, and allow them to brown before turning. Brown them on each side, and place them on paper toweling to drain. As they begin to cool, sprinkle the slices with a little freshly ground sea salt, pepper, and garlic powder, if desired. When golden brown and lightly seasoned, parsnips are absolutely delicious.