Parsnips with Shallots and Brown Butter Sauce

Parsnips with Shallots and Brown Butter Sauce

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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 and savory 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! This is one I’m sure we’ll be coming back to time and time again!

 

 

Parsnips are a root vegetable that look like big white carrots, which they are related to. However, they are sweeter than carrots and provide a powerful punch of flavor to any savory side dish.
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.
Roasting parsnips on a pan is very easy. Just slice them and lay them out evenly on a baking sheet.

Nutritional Content

Parsnips are also full of nutrients, low in calories and have many known health benefits. They are a great source of Potassium, Vitamin C, and Dietary Fiber, all of which aid the body in different ways:
  1. They are good for your heart. The combination of potassium and folate reduces blood pressure and homocysteine levels, reducing your risk for heart disease. The high fiber content also 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 your urge to snack between meals and help you reach your weight-loss goals. They also help your body absorb other nutrients and eliminate waste.
  5. They boost your immune system. Parsnips are full of antioxidants that help protect the body from a variety of diseases.

 

 

 

Shallots in brown butter sauce. The combination of the shallots and brown butter create a savory deliciousness that you will keep wanting more of. They go great with roasted parsnips.

And more shallots!

Shallots also  make a return appearance in this dish. They are quickly becoming one of my favorite ingredients to work with.  You can learn more about them and see how I make them into a crunchy salad topping by reading my Crispy Shallots post. In this recipe 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.

What did you make with your parsnips and shallots?
Roasted parsnips and shallots with brown butter sauce. We served this dish on the side with salmon and mashed potatoes. These parsnips were the star of the whole plate!

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Parsnips with Shallots and Brown Butter Sauce
Roasted parsnips topped with shallots in browned butter.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
  • 1/2 pound Parsnips peeled and sliced
  • 1 large Shallot thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons Butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt (approximate amount, season to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper (approximate amount, season to taste)
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
  • 1/2 pound Parsnips peeled and sliced
  • 1 large Shallot thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons Butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt (approximate amount, season to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper (approximate amount, season to taste)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Evenly space parsnip slices on a lined baking sheet and roast for 10 minutes. Then, flip over and roast for another 10 minutes or until nicely browned.
  3. While the parsnips are roasting, 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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