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 the goods

(for 4 people)

1 pound / 500g baby parsnips

1 oz unsalted butter

pinch brown sugar

pinch salt

pinch freshly grated nutmeg

time: 10 mins active, 1 hr total 

you will need:

  • baking parchment
  • stapler
  • large baking sheet


parsnips roasted in parchment

These were a fluffy, lovely revelation.

A bunch of baby parsnips fresh from the farmers market, a knob of butter, a sprinkle of brown sugar and a pinch of salt and nutmeg.

All wrapped up in a parcel of baking parchment and roasted into a buttery, crispy yet creamy sensation.

heat the oven to 400f

peel and trim the parsnips

tear a length of baking parchment about 18 inches / 45 cm long

huddle the parsnips into the middle of the parchment

dollop the butter and sprinkle the salt and sugar over them

grate some fresh nutmeg atop

gather the two ends of the parchment up, fold / roll them together as you would a paper bag

fold over the two sides to seal the parcel and staple each side to fasten

bake on a baking sheet for about 45-60 mins until the parsnips feel tender

serve in the parchment at the table; tear and let the steamy little devils reveal themselves to everyone at your table

tip: if serving for a large sit down group (Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner etc...) make several small parcels and place them down on the table at intervals so that each parcels serves around 3-4 people. if you can't find baby parsnips, them halve or quarter regular sized ones.