Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Roasted parsnips and cipollini onions

I love roasted vegetables - butternut squash, eggplant, cauliflower, fennel, I could eat a different roasted vegetable every day and not get bored. This is an interesting seasonal combination of roasted parsnips and cipollini onions. I started with about half a pound of cipollini onions and a pound of parsnips. When buying parsnips, smaller is better. The larger parsnips tend to have a woody core. Also, I try to pick cipollini onions that are all the same size for even cooking. I peeled the parsnips and cut them into sticks that were about 2 inches long and 1/2 inch wide. The cipollini onions were peeled and trimmed. I tossed the parsnips and cipollini onions with a drizzle of olive oil, a generous sprinkling of salt and pepper, and a few springs of fresh rosemary.

I roasted the vegetables at 425 degrees for about 40 minutes, stirring occasionally, until they were browned and tender. I finished the dish with a sprinkling of fleur de sel. Roasting really brings out the sweetness in these vegetables, this may be my favorite way to eat parsnips.



15 comments:

Meg said...

I have never tried parsnips. I think I will try them now! Thanks!

Maria said...

I love the big sprigs of rosemary in there. Yum!

Lisa said...

I love parsnips. I will have to try this.

Pam said...

Roasting veggies is my favorite! The little cipollini onions looks so delicious.

Dragon said...

I love cipollini onions! What I don't love is peeling them. :)

Cakebrain said...

I love parsnips and think they're underrated by many people! I'm loving the great caramelization you got going on there!

Robin Sue said...

Sara- I agree! I really like roasted veggies especially with fresh rosemary. I cooked for a client once who was livid that I served her roasted parsnips. Here in the South they like them boiled and mashed. Oh well, her loss! I have never cooked cipollini onions, I will look for them now based on your recommendation! Thanks!

alexandra's kitchen said...

i could eat roasted vegetables every day too ... if you were cooking them. this is such a unique combination! I love cipollini onions — they get so sweet and caramelized, and I love parsnips for the same reasons. This sounds wonderful!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Scrumptious! I love the flavor of parsnips!

Cheers,

Rosa

Annie said...

I don't eat them often, but I do like parsnips. I also love the flavor of roasted veggies. This is a really great combination! I'm diggin' it!

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

Nice looking roasted veggies! Great minds think alike! :)

Lori said...

I never had roasted parsnips before but they look great with the onions!

bakingblonde said...

YUM, I am not a big rosemary fan but that sounds great!

Helene said...

I love roasted parsnips. So good.

You have an award on my blog.

Foodycat said...

That looks really good! The different types of sweetness from the onions and parsnips must have complemented each other really well.