When I start adding parsnip to my cooking pot, I know it’s fall season. It is nice to add different tasting vegetables from time to time to your menu or mix and match combinations to your favorites. I would love to share with you my lovely recipe and my knowledge about parsnip.
Parsnip mash with crunchy bacon
-1 pound parsnips (about 8 small), peeled and chopped
-1/4cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, optional
-3/4 cup fat-free half&half
-1 red onion
-1 garlic clove
-sea salt for taste
-center cut bacon, oven roasted
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. On the grilling bars put the whole peeled red onion. Grill each side for 5 minutes, then add onion to the sauce pan. Layer baking pan with heavy duty aluminum foil and start layering slices of bacon. Bake bacon for 20 minutes until crunchy.
Put the parsnips, grilled onion, garlic, black peppercorns in a large heavy saucepan, cover with water and salt it generously. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce heat to medium and simmer until fork tender, 20 to 25 minutes. Put the butter and half&half in a small saucepan over medium-low heat until the butter is melted and the mixture is hot. Using the colander drain parsnips well and return them to the hot pan. Stir the vegetables in the pan to dry them out a bit. Add the hot butter mixture and season with salt and pepper. Using the blender, blend until smooth on low speed.
Transfer to a serving bowl and garnish with warm crunchy bacon strips. If you would like to avoid additional fat skipping the butter and half&half mixture is just fine. You can add only fat-free half&half directly to the blender.
This is perfect light tasty lunch idea which will give you vitamins, protein, energy and great flavor.
Great tip: When cooking the parsnips with onions and spices, it is valuable vegetable broth which you can save for your next meal preparation. Grilling the onion will add nice smoky aroma to the meal.
The parsnip is a root vegetable related to the carrot.The parsnip is richer in vitamins and minerals than its close relative, the carrot. It is particularly rich in potassium with 600 mg per 100 g. The parsnip is also a good source of dietary fiber. 100 g of parsnip contains 55 calories (230 kJ) of energy.