Honey Maple Mustard Parsnips is a great dish, totally Thanksgiving worthy,
To get this gorgeous dish on your table you simply coat some peeled parsnips in a mixture of honey, maple syrup, wholegrain mustard, vinegar, garlic, salt and pepper. There is one other secret ingredient that adds a subtle fruity, pine flavor. Can you guess what it is?
Parsnips are a wonderful side dish and make a regular appearance at holiday meals in the UK. Unfortunately, most of my friends in New York have never tasted them. Imagine that! Well, they’re truly missing out because parsnips are divine. They look like a fat carrot, and have a similar consistency. The taste is quite different though, I guess they’re a touch nutty in flavor.
Honey Maple Mustard Parsnips will add a little sophistication to your dinner table. Most importantly, their mighty fine sweet and earthy taste will bring a smile to your face.
I bet you’re still wondering what that secret ingredient is. Well I’ll spill. It’s juniper berries. Just a few crushed juniper berries really round out the flavors in this tasty side dish.
You may already know that juniper berries are the primary flavor profile in gin, giving it that clean, rather fragrant taste. Fear not, your parsnips will not taste like gin, but they will have a vibrant flavor that comes from adding juniper berries to your food.
I used a mortar and pestle to crush my juniper berries, but if you do not have one you can place the berries in a resealable plastic bag and tap them with a heavy kitchen tool till crushed.
I love this recipe because the honey maple mustard dressing captures the sweetness of the parsnips. They look fabulous – right?
Honey Maple Mustard Parsnips are a very attractive dish, perfect for holidays and celebrations. Give this recipe a try this holiday season and let me know what you think.