Spicy Honey Glazed Parsnips

Photo courtesy of Bon Appetit magazine

I don’t know if you all know this about me (Farmer Lauren that is), but I am obsessed with parsnips.  It may be the absence of any sort of leafy green or fresh tomato from my life, but I have been eating parsnips a minimum of twice a week for the last… Well, let’s just say, for a very long time.

It started in the fall, when I tasted my first one.  Yes, we planted them and planned to give them to CSA members last year without so much as even a taste.  What a terrible farmer?  We are supposed to know and love all the vegetables we give to our members!  Suffice it to say, it all worked out.  And now I wish we had planted more!  With one short 50′ row, we gave every single parsnip to CSA members and I am left spending $8 at the co-op each week.  But with recipes like this, boy is it ever worth it!

Spicy Honey Glazed Parsnips
Courtesy of Bon Appetit magazine

Makes enough for 4 as a side dish (makes enough for 2 if you are inviting me over to eat)
Takes 50 minutes

I love a little heat in my roasted root vegetables, and by a little, I mean much more than a little.  Use less of the red pepper flakes if you are not a huge fan of spice.  It will still have the warmth to bring out the sweetness, but without being a dominant flavor.  Also feel free to substitute any favorite dried pepper you have lying around!

2 pounds parsnips, peeled, cut into 3″ lengths and halved (or quartered if large)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 450°. Toss parsnips and oil on a rimmed baking sheet; season with salt and pepper. Roast parsnips, tossing occasionally, until tender and deep golden brown in spots, 35–40 minutes.
Meanwhile, melt butter (in microwave or on stove).  Whisk in vinegar and honey while the butter is still warm (or even hot).  Add red pepper flakes.
Drizzle chile-honey butter over parsnips and toss to coat.

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