How to make New York-style parsnips with browned butter, hazelnuts and thyme

    How to make New York-style parsnips with browned butter, hazelnuts and thyme

    By Ella Walker . Published 2020-12-11


    These’ll beat your average roasties.

    Parsnips don’t always get the attention they deserve – we’re always passing them by in favour of roast potatoes and sprouts (when done right) come Christmas dinner.This recipe, though, brings out the veg’s “full, pleasantly nutty aroma”, thanks to all that browned butter and toasty hazelnuts.


    (Serves 4–6)8 parsnips4tbsp olive oil2tbsp honeySalt and pepper3 garlic cloves6 sprigs thyme70g hazelnuts50g butterembedded134375.jpg


    1. Preheat the oven to 210°C (Gas mark 6-7).
    2. Trim and peel the parsnips and quarter lengthwise. Spread them in a single layer on a tray lined with baking paper. Combine olive oil and honey in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper and drizzle over the parsnips. Lightly crush the garlic cloves and add them to the tray together with the sprigs of thyme. Roast the parsnips in the preheated oven for 35–45 minutes (depending on size), turning a few times.
    3. Meanwhile, dry-roast the hazelnuts in a small frying pan. Leave to cool and chop coarsely.
    4. Wipe the pan with kitchen roll, then heat the butter over a medium heat. Cook for about five minutes to brown, stirring occasionally.
    5. Pick off the leaves of the remaining sprigs of thyme and add to the browned butter together with the hazelnuts.
    6. Transfer the roasted parsnips to a serving platter. Remove the garlic and thyme sprigs. Toss with the browned butter, nuts and herbs and season with salt and pepper.
    New York Christmas: Recipes And Stories by Lisa Nieschlag and Lars Wentrup, photography by Lisa Nieschlag and Julia Cawley, is published by Murdoch Books

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