Having carrots or potatoes every night can get a little tiring so now that parsnips are in season why not try replacing your “same old, same old” side dishes with “Parsnip Croquettes?”
“Parsnip Croquettes” make for a crispy and delicious side dish that goes well with most main dishes.
What follows is a recipe for “Parsnip Croquettes.”
To make “Parsnip Croquettes” you will need to assemble together the following ingredients;
• 2 pounds parsnips, peeled and cored
• 1 tablespoon salt
• 2 tsp. parsley
• 4 tablespoons butter, unsalted
• 1 tsp. nutmeg
• Fresh, white bread crumbs
• 1 egg, beaten
• Black pepper to taste
• Vegetable oil for deep frying
Take out a large stock pot and fill it half way up with salted water and bring the water to a vigorous boil. Slice the cored parsnips into the boiling water. Allow the parsnips to simmer until they are tender.
Afterward, remove the parsnips from the water and grate them into a mixing bowl. Add nutmeg, black pepper and butter to the grated parsnips. Once the parsnip mixture is cool enough to handle roll it into 1 inch individual parsnip croquettes.
Once the parsnip croquettes are formed, roll them in the bread crumbs. Then take the bread encrusted parsnip croquettes and dip them into the egg mixture. Once the parsnip croquettes have been dipped in egg, re-roll them into more bread crumbs.
To continue, place the breaded parsnip croquettes into the refrigerator and let them chill for one hour.
When the hour has passed fill a deep fryer half full with vegetable oil. If you don’t have a deep fryer you may use a deep, oil filled skillet instead.
Place the parsnip croquettes into the hot oil and allow them to become golden brown. Once the desired color has been reached, remove the parsnip croquettes from the hot oil and place them on a paper towel lined plate so that the excess oil has a chance to drain off.
Serve the parsnip croquettes immediately after the excess oil has been removed. The parsnip croquettes pair nicely with a beef roast, pan gravy and a vintage glass of robust, red wine.