Hogwart’s Feast – Cider Roasted Parsnips

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 35 minutes
Total time: about an hour
Servings: 4-6
Cuisine: British
Recipe Info

Roasted parsnips with a sticky, candied glaze bursting with fresh apple flavor is the perfect fall side for a classic English roast dinner! While parsnips might not be the most popular vegetable around, particularly here in North America, they are a favored side at many an English roast dinner. This recipe is the perfect way to give this unassuming vegetable a try. Roasting brings out the natural sweetness in these earthy root vegetables and a sweet and sticky cider reduction glaze transforms the humble parsnip into a delicious and elegant side for our Hogwarts feast!

2 lb parsnips
olive oil, as needed
kosher salt, as needed
pepper, as needed
3 cups apple cider
¼ cup brown sugar
2 T apple cider vinegar
2 T butter
chopped parsley, for garnish

Preheat the oven to 400℉. Spray a baking sheet with non-stick spray and set aside. Peel the parsnips and cut into baton shapes. Transfer the parsnips to the baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with kosher salt and pepper. Toss the parsnips with the oil and then spread them out evenly into a single layer.
Roast the parsnips for 20 to 25 minutes until they are softened and beginning to brown.
While the parsnips are roasting prepare the cider reduction glaze. Add the cider and brown sugar and place over high heat. Bring to a boil and let simmer until the cider mixture has reduced to about 1/2 cup and is syrupy. Whisk in the apple cider vinegar, butter, ¾ tsp kosher salt, and pepper.
When the parsnips are browned and just cooked through, remove from the oven. Pour the cider reduction evenly over the parsnips. Return to the oven for another 10 – 12 minutes until the glaze is bubbling and sticky. Transfer the parsnips to a serving platter along with any extra glaze on the baking sheet. Garnish with chopped parsley if desired. Enjoy!

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