Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Parsnips with Shallots and Brown Butter Sauce

Hello everyone! I'm back with another amazing recipe to share featuring yet another rare and underused vegetable, parsnips. Parsnips are an incredibly delicious root vegetable that look like white  carrots but have a very unique flavor. For this dish, I slice, roast, and top them with sauteed shallots in a brown butter sauce and the result is a savory flavor bomb that was so good I just had to make it again and share it with you all!

As you can see in the picture above, parsnips look like big white carrots, which they are related to. You may or may not be able to find them in your local grocery store, I can usually only find them in the organic section at mine, but if you do, I highly recommend you pick some up and try them out. They are a delicious and nutritious root vegetable with a lot of flavor. Parsnips are much sweeter than carrots and were even used as a sweetener in Europe before cane sugar became widely available. 

They are also full of nutrients, low in calories and have many known health benefits. Parsnips are a great source of Potassium, Vitamin C, and Dietary Fiber and have many health benefits:
  1. They are good for your heart. The combination of potassium and folate reduces blood pressure and homocysteine levels, reducing the risk for heart disease. Additionally, the high fiber content helps lower cholesterol and the chance for developing diabetes.
  2. They lower the risk of birth defects. Folate is connected with reducing neural tube birth defects.
  3. They help with energy and mood regulation. Parsnips contain B-vitamins that help optimize metabolic processes to give you more energy. These have also shown to lower levels of depression in people who add them to their diet regularly.
  4. They help with weight loss. They are a low-calorie option high in soluble fiber that fill you up and prevent the release of hunger hormones. This can reduce the urge to snack between meals and help you reach your weight-loss goals. In addition, they help the body absorb other nutrients and eliminate waste.
  5. They boost your immune system. Parsnips are also full of antioxidants that help protect the body from a variety of diseases.

Shallots make a return appearance in this dish as well. They are quickly becoming one of my favorite ingredients to work with. Here I used them to round out the flavor of the parsnips and the combination worked perfectly. I caramelize them in brown butter and pour them over the top of my roasted parsnips for a simple and amazing side dish. I've made this a few times now and it goes well with anything. It will definitely be one that I make often.

Parsnips with Shallots and Brown Butter Sauce

Serves: 2


  • 1/2 lb Parsnips, peeled and sliced
  • 1 large Shallot, thinly sliced
  • 2 Tbsp Butter
  • Sea Salt
  • Black Pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Evenly space parsnip slices on a lined baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes, then flip and roast for another 10 minutes or until browned.
  3. While the parsnips are baking, heat butter over medium heat until starting to brown.
  4. Add shallots to brown butter and cook until caramelized. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Serve parsnips with shallots and brown butter sauce poured over the top.

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