Caramelised Parsnips


These caramelised parsnips are full of flavour, thanks to the fresh herbs. They’re made even tastier by the addition of crispy flaked almonds. A perfect side dish for the festive season.

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Caramelised parsnips
Veronique van Ohmydish

Made by Véronique

Published at 2021-12-07, this recipe is for 4 people and takes 40 minutes.

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Updated at: 24-06-2022

40 minutes 4 people Side dishes
Caramelised parsnips


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  • 300 grams of parsnips
  • 2 small onions
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • knob of butter
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • a few sprigs of fresh sage
  • a few sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 200 ml orange juice
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • a handful of flaked almonds
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  • chopping board & chef's knife
  • vegetable peeler
  • large frying pan
  • wooden spoon
  • small bowl

Caramelised Parsnips

40 minutes 4 people Side dishes

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Preparation – 20 minutes

Peel and finely chop the onions and garlic. Peel the parsnips and cut them into pieces, not too big, but not too small either.

Heat a large frying pan over high heat and briefly toast the almond flakes in the dry pan. Transfer the almonds to a small bowl and heat a knob of butter in the frying pan.

Sauté the onion and garlic for a few minutes and then add the parsnip pieces. After a few minutes, add the maple syrup and lower the heat. Add the thyme and sage sprigs and let the parsnips simmer gently for about 10 minutes.

Caramelised parsnips
Caramelised parsnips

Finishing the caramelised parsnips – 20 minutes

After 10 minutes, add the orange juice and simmer for another 20 minutes.

The parsnips are ready when they have softened and the liquid has completely evaporated. Season with salt and pepper and remove the sprigs of sage and thyme. Garnish with the toasted almonds and serve. Enjoy!

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Caramelised Parsnips: frequently asked questions

What do these caramelised parsnips go well with?

These parsnips make a wonderful festive side dish to pork loin or turkey. They are also delicious with a regular weekday meal like meatballs or fried chicken fillets.

Can I substitute the orange juice?

Yes, you could use a strong, dark beer instead of orange juice.

What do parsnips taste like?

Parsnips have a pronounced, earthy, slightly sweet flavour. They have a hint of aniseed, but not as strong as fennel, for example.