A Christmas dinner is not complete without honey roasted parsnips! These parsnips can be enjoyed any time of the year, with a roast dinner or as a side dish!
Anyone reading this blog will know that I’m literally only posting things relating to Christmas at the moment! Feels right to do it because it’s Christmas after all and I do love Christmas and I love Christmas recipes. And today I’m posting one of the things I need to have on my Christmas dinner; honey roasted parsnips. A classic recipe for the holidays! I remember the first time I had these, when the chef made these for me. These sweet, slightly sticky lovely parsnips. One of my favourites that I had to share here.
These are so so so easy to make. It’s basically parsnips roasted in honey. The honey really helps to bring out the lovely sweetness from the parsnips, which can be quite earthy. It’s important though to have enough honey. If you have too little, the sweetness will not come out and it kinda defeats the whole point with calling them honey roasted, in my humble opinion. I find that acacia honey is the best honey to use here and in general, as its sweetness is balanced and not too overpowering.
Nutritional breakdown of honey roasted parsnips
- Rich in thiamine (vitamin B1), important for a healthy nervous system
- Good source of folate, a key player in the production of red blood cells, which transports oxygen from the lungs to all the cells in the body and help’s you stay energised and alert
- Good source of vitamin B3, B5 and B6; all needed for the energy production.
- Rich in fibre; fibre can reduce overall cholesterol levels and promotes a healthy gut flora.
- Gluten free and dairy free
- Make it vegan by replacing the honey with maple syrup!
Even though these honey roasted parsnips are popular for Christmas, you can make these all year around, or whenever you’re making a roast dinner. They’re a great side dish to many dishes. The other day I enjoyed them with these spicy quinoa stuffed red cabbage. But they’re also nice with a nut roast or some other roasted meats.
And of course, I like to serve these honey roasted parsnips with my christmas spiced roast chicken. If you haven’t seen that recipe, I urge you to check it out. The chef and I have made this roast chicken like 4 times for the last couple of weeks. That’s how much we’ve enjoyed it! It’s a great recipe if you want to make a Christmas dinner for two, or if you want to try out something new for Christmas.
These honey roasted parsnips are a great side dish to a roast dinner and a must on the christmas dinner!
- 1 kg parsnips
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 4 tbsp honey
- Salt & pepper
Preheat the oven to 225°C / gas mark 7
Peel the parsnips and cut the parsnips into halves or quarters. You want your parsnips to be even in size so they roast evenly.
Place the cut parsnips in a bowl, add olive oil, honey, salt and pepper. Mix with your hands until the parsnips are all evenly covered on honey and oil.
Place the parsnips on a ovenproof dish in one layer (avoid layering as this will prevent the parsnips from roasting evenly and caramelising) and roast for 20-25 minutes, or until tender and slightly golden.