Baked Parsnip Fries

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

I had no clue what a parsnip was until I ventured into the land of homemade baby food making and started doing a little research. My son LOVED carrots (so much that he started turning orange) and I read that parsnips were very similar to carrots.

Basically a parsnip is the ugly cousin to a carrot. It has a weird root looking exterior and once cooked the parsnip has a sweet buttery and slightly spicy taste. The parsnip is also low in calories and high in fiber, which makes it the perfect substitute for potato french fries!

What you will need:
  • 4- 5 parsnips
  • 3 tbs of olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp of sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp of pepper
  • 1/2 tsp of garlic powder
Directions:
  1. Wash and peel the parsnips.
  2. Cut them into french fry like slices. Try to make them all pretty similar in size so they bake evenly.
  3. Place all the ingredients into a bowl and toss parsnip slices into mixture making sure to coat them all evenly.
  4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (easy cleanup) and bake at 400 degrees for 3o minutes. Turn them once while baking. After 20 minutes check on them. A little crispy brown texture is what you are looking for. If they look done before the 30 minutes is up take them out.
  5. Consume!
The sweet/slightly spicy taste of the parsnip really comes out when they are baked. If you like regular french fries I guarantee you will love these!

I will be making a giant batch of these for Super Bowl per my husband's request. The reason the bowl looks half empty is because by the time I actually got around to snapping a picture I had already consumed half of them. So yummy!

If you are a fan of parsnip fries you might also enjoy zucchini fries and cauliflower poppers.

46 comments:

Kyla said...

I recently discovered that I love pasnips (thank you, Whole Foods!), so I will definitely have to try out this recipe!

lillie said...

those look SO tasty! will definitely be trying this out! x

The Annessa Family said...

Will try these for sure! Looks yum!

Brooke
www.TheAnnessaFamily.com

Mongs said...

yumm...another easy and healthy recipe. Thank you, you always have wonderful recipes to share!

mongs
mythriftycloset.blogspot.com

Lindsay said...

LOVE all these healthy recipes! You do such a great job making them look really tasty! Thanks for sharing!

Urban Wife said...

Woa talk about making me rethink not eating french fries again. I think these deserve a go-round. Hubby would definitely approve.

Mamasita said...

OHHHH YUM! Your ideas ROCK :)
P.S. dug out my springy Essie nailpolish and thought of you! :)
Hope you are feeling great Mama!
xo,
Maggie
P.S. do you know anything about hair!? how to fix BAD hair??? can I email you my situation?

Mindy said...

I LOVE parsnips. Love, love. I made them a couple nights ago sorta like your skinny cauliflower. I cooked them in water with some apples and then pureed them with butter. The second night I mixed in some mashed taters. Good stuff maynard. My fave is in with roast or stew. Mmmmmm. I'll definitely try your "fries".

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

Mamasita- Wish I could help you out but I know nothing about hair...skin yes...hair no :)

sherri lynn said...

I need to start trying some of these veggie healthy snacks you keep posting about!

Lia said...

I'm obsessed with parsnips, one of my fave veggies! I've never thought to do fries, I will be now! My kids actually like them too. Shocking!
xo
Lia
Smart n Snazzy

Alexa said...

Oooh yum Lindsay! Love this idea. P.S. my husband turned orange too from eating too many carrots. I'd find carrot butts scattered around my car for weeks. Haha.

Jennifer @ Delightfully Noted said...

I can't say if I have ever had a parsnip but I am amazed that you can make fries from it & they look super good too! Pinning for future ideas for sure.

Anna Elder said...

Yet another recipe that I'm super interested in trying. They look yummy, that's for sure!

Lauren said...

Never have I ever tried parsnips. Never really thought to... Until now :)

theolivetree said...

wow!? I love sweet potato fries...I need to try these!

I am really looking into making my own baby food this time around...

Daisy said...

These look super delish!

LaynahRose said...

wow oh wow.
they look delicioussss.
i've never heard of a parsnip either, must try!

ps - i cant believe your baby turned orange, haha

Ana Degenaar said...

It looks delicious.

Anna @ IHOD said...

No way! I would have never thought of that! Thank you!!

Erin said...

I have never heard of this...but they look pretty tasty!!

Amy Collins @ Fresh and Fancy said...

These look awesome! I am going to try them next week! Thanks for the comment on my blog!

Meagan Murtagh said...

i dont think i've ever had a parsnip... i'm trying this for the superbowl! thanks girlie~

xoxo the egg out west.

The Coolidges said...

My husband loves fries, I think i'm going to have to give these a try & see what he thinks! Thanks!

Hope you are doing well & feeling great!

SkinnyMommy said...

Absolutely brillant! I can't wait to try these!

Amy @ Amy Day to Day said...

I lOVE all your recipes! I tried the cauliflower one recently, yum. Keep them coming!

Hanna said...

LOVING this recipe LIndsay!!!! Awesome idea

liltea said...

Lindsay, I am so glad when I find new AMAZING blogs like yours (thank the Internet for Pinterest)! I am dying to try practically everything you've posted. Thank you for sharing all of these great things with the world!

Matilda said...

I looove me some parsnips...:)mmmm

Dani of Rustic Comfort said...

Definitely want to try these out! I've always seen parsnips at our local Farmer's Market but never purchased them since I had no clue what to do (same with dandelion greens.......*scratches head*)but now I know ;-) I am anxious to see what my 1-year old thinks of them since he loves fries and this is a healthier alternative for him.

Tracie said...

I made these tonight for my extended family. Everyone loved them! Will certainly make again!

Sara said...

Wow these looks seriously amazing, I’m drooling all over the screen here, I have to tray this receipt ASAP, I bet it taste as good at it looks, it doesn’t seem so complicated to prepare, I will give it a tray! You have a lovely blog and I am a new follower! Hope you will like my blog and follow back!

Pop Culture&Fashion Magic

Val said...

Wow - so delicious.

devon said...
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devon lynne said...

These are So much better than "regular" french fries. It was hard not to eat the whole batch!

Finley said...

I haven't read a blog in a while, so am a bit behind, but these look Ah-Mazing! I can't wait to try them! The cauliflower bits looks delish too! Hope they turn out better than my first failed attempt at kale chips! I actually went to the store after your first mention of parsnip fries but without a recipe, was afraid to try. I'm doing it this weekend!

Sonya said...

Wow!! I just started reading your blog. I made these for dinner tonight and LOVED them. Thank you!

Kate said...

I love parsnip fries! They have a really interesting taste when you make them into mashed "potatoes."

megger said...

Just made these and I understand why you only had a 1/2bowl left for your picture.... they were scrumptious and addictive (w/o the guilt)... Loved them. Had to do a few adjustments w my gas confection oven on roast... and they were perfect. Thank you for the new idea :-)

Meg

Sprout Health said...

I have a client that is dying for parsnip recipes- I will send this one along right away. Thanks!

Erica said...

I didn't like them. Oh well. You win some, you lose some.

Anonymous said...

Delicious! I don't think they would be a particularly healthy substitute for potato fries though since parsnips are ridiculously high on the the glycemic index!

Ace said...

This was a hit in my household! I am really enjoying your recipes!
I'm able to sneak in some fun, savory, healthy snacks that are filling into my weakly meal rotation.

Ace said...

This was a hit in my household! I am really enjoying your recipes!
I'm able to sneak in some fun, savory, healthy snacks that are filling into my weakly meal rotation.

Arielle Wren said...

I know this is an old post, but thank you thank you for posting this! This recipe has been a life saver and I've made it a dozen times since I discovered it a month ago!

mara said...

my two boys (2 and 4) just devoured an entire tray of these. thank you! more delicious than I thought they would be. at the grocery store, the clerk had to ask me what the parsnips were. poor kid! I'm going to spread the word with this recipe

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