Parmesan Parsnips
Parsnips and potatoes are a tasty match in our Parmesan Parsnips Recipe, but in this upgrade they are given a royal treatment. Puréed with milk and cream, and enriched with Parmigiano Reggiano® cheese, these Parmesan Parsnips are topped with a crispy golden crown of fried parsnip ribbons made by shredding parsnips with a julienne or regular vegetable peeler and frying the shreds in oil. As a delectable finishing touch, the Parmesan Parsnips are topped with Balsamic Caramel, a sweet and sour drizzle that is quickly made and will keep for a long time in your refrigerator, ready to enhance vegetables, salads, and fruits. Keep some on hand for the next time you make our Parmesan Parsnip Recipe.
Servings Prep Time
6people 30minutes
Cook Time
Servings Prep Time
6people 30minutes
Cook Time
Parsnip Purée
Crispy Parsnip Ribbons
  1. Peel the parsnips and cut them into ½-inch slices. Peel the potatoes and cut them in half. Cook the parsnips and potatoes in boiling salted water until both are cooked through and easily pierced with a fork, then drain them. Heat the milk and cream together in a saucepan.
  2. Mash the vegetables and gradually add the milk and cream, stirring until you have a smooth purée. Add the Parmigiano Reggiano to the purée. Season to taste with the salt and pepper. Keep warm.
  3. To make Parsnip Ribbons: Peel the two remaining parsnips. Using a julienne or regular vegetable peeler, make long ribbons of parsnip. Dry the ribbons on paper towels.
  4. Heat the oil in a saucepan until hot but not smoking, about 350° F. Add the parsnip ribbons and fry them until golden and crisp. Drain on paper towels and season lightly with salt. (This can be done a few hours in advance of preparing the rest of the dish.)
  5. To serve, spoon the parsnip purée into a serving dish. Drizzle the Balsamic Caramel over the parsnips and top with crispy fried parsnip ribbons.
Recipe Notes
Nutrition Facts
Parmesan Parsnips
Amount Per Serving
Calories 189 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 23%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 23mg 8%
Sodium 258mg 11%
Potassium 125mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 1g
Protein 12g 24%
Vitamin A 3%
Vitamin C 11%
Calcium 37%
Iron 2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.