I am an Englishman who has been living in America for 15 years and over that time I’ve enjoyed the delights of a traditional American Thanksgiving dinner. A couple of years ago my English relatives came over for Christmas and introduced us to Honey Roasted Parsnips. This has now become a main side dish to all our holiday feasts, and is particularly good as an accompaniment to the traditional Roast Turkey Thanksgiving dinner that we serve up every year.
It’s a very easy and cheap side dish to make; the crispiness of the parsnips and the wonderful sweet taste of the glaze make it great for turkey dinners. The recipe below is for 4 people.
• 4 Parsnips, peeled and sliced into eights length ways
• 1 tablespoon of thyme – if possible try using fresh thyme and chop it finely. (To add another more traditional taste you can also add a little sage).
• 4 tablespoons of butter
• 2 tablespoons of honey – again if you can get fresh honey then it will be a lot better.
• Salt and pepper to taste
• Pre-heat the oven to 325 degrees Faherenheit
• Melt the butter in the microwave.
• Place the parsnips in a casserole dish with the butter and honey – mix well to coat the parsnips.
• Sprinkle with thyme (and sage), salt and pepper.
• Bake for 30 to 35 minutes until crispy and golden brown – make sure you stir the parsnips every 10 minutes or so to re-coat them in the honey mixture.
The parsnips should be served immediately with hot Turkey, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, gravy and of course the ubiquitous cranberry sauce (or Jelly).
You can vary the recipe by chopping together some parsnip, carrot, sweet potatoes and regular potatoes.