These flavorful Crispy Garlic Turmeric Parsnip Fries are a perfect side to your entree. Seasoned with garlic and turmeric, sprinkled with cheese and baked to crisp, you’ll want to eat these over and over again.
Good morning friends! I hope you’re excited to learn how to make some crispy parsnip fries because that’s what we’ve got going on over here.
It’s been a little while since I’ve shared a recipe on the blog, and I’m psyched to share my first recipe of 2017. These crispy garlic turmeric parsnip fries are absolutely delicious and so so easy.
I developed a love for roasted parsnips during grad school. Prior to that, I don’t recall ever having them, or at least ever buying or proactively choosing to have them. I’d just pass by them in the produce aisle and not give them a second thought. This was before I was into trying new produce items, which has obviously changed.
Danggg, I was missing out. Like carrots, roasting helps bring out a sweeter flavor and caramelization. I remember learning about this in grad school – the dry heat from the oven helps caramelize the natural sugars in vegetables. Hence, more concentrated flavor. Having a good roasting sheet is key – I love these because the silicone grippers make it easy to handle out of the hot oven.
You can make these vegan and dairy-free, too
I thought about various ways to season these guys and I think they all would be amazing. Honey + ginger, rosemary + garlic + thyme, garlic + tahini, paprika, etc. I think I’ll just plan to roast parsnips every night for the rest of time because I don’t think I would tire of the abundance of flavors. And if you’re looking for a vegan option, or dairy-free option, nutritional yeast is a great substitution for the parmesan cheese!
I don’t want to forget to mention how cool parsnips are. They are pretty nutritionally awesome:
Fun Facts About Parsnips:
They are a root vegetable in the carrot family, but are slightly sweeter than carrots.
They are high in fiber, Vitamin C, B Vitamins, manganese, magnesium potassium and calcium.
Research has shown that they have anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and anti-cancer properties.
Do I need to remind you of the health benefits of turmeric? Turmeric also has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. There is also some ongoing research about turmeric affecting the brain and having a positive effect on neurochemical reactions. Bottom line: It’s something we want to include in our diets.
So, why not sprinkle some turmeric on these?
You guysss…these are addicting. And when I say addicting, I mean I couldn’t stop myself from eating them during the recipe shoot. Nice and crispy on the outside, but soft and starchy on the inside.
Crispy Parsnip Fries
The key to the crisp is cooking them under higher heat for less amount of time. I found the sweet spot to be about 15 minute at 400 degrees.
These flavorful Crispy Garlic Turmeric Parsnip Fries are a perfect side to your entree. Seasoned with garlic and turmeric, sprinkled with cheese and baked to crisp, you'll want to eat these over and over again.
- 3-4 large parsnips
- ¼ cup avocado oil
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp minced garlic
- 1 tsp turmeric
- sea salt, to taste
- 2 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Slice parsnips in even slices and toss in small bowl with avocado oil. Add garlic and turmeric.
Transfer parsnips to baking sheet. Sprinkle with sea salt and parmesan cheese and bake for 15 minutes.
Take baking sheet out and carefully flip parsnips with a spatula. Sprinkle with more parmesan cheese. Return to oven and bake for 15 more minutes, until parsnips are evenly browned.
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Like turmeric? You may like these turmeric zucchini salmon patties!
What are your go to spices and seasonings?
Are you a parsnips fan?