April 2012 - Page 2 of 2 - Morning Song Farm

Mashed Parsnips

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So, no more difficult than mashed potatoes, and prepared essentially the same way. You just need to add less butter and salt to your end product because parsnips are more flavorful. Peel and cut your parsnips and boil, just as you would to make mashed potatoes. Be careful not to overcook into mush. Drain, and either use a mixer or a potato masher to puree into a mash. Add salt, pepper, and cilantro garnish. Serve warm.

Parsnip Cilantro Soup

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2 Tbsp butter
6 green onions
2 Tbsp California Olive Oil
1.5-2 pounds parsnips, peel and chopped
1 teaspoon salt
4 cups chicken stock or vegetarian alternative
2 cups water
2 cups cilantro
1 Tbsp lime juice
3 crushed garlic cloves
dash of hot sauce

Heat butter, add chopped green onions, cook until soft. Add parsnips and olive oil; salt. Add stock and water. Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer for at least 30 minutes. Add cilantro, garlic, hot sauce and puree in a Cuisinart or similar mixer until smooth. Serve. Garnish with freshly ground pepper, a little cilantro or a tiny sprig of rosemary

Parsnip/Carrot/Celery/green onion Rosemary Stir Fry

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The thing about parsnips, is they can be used almost like potatoes. They are a tiny bit more fibrous than your typical potato, and certainly more flavorful. I couldn’t enjoy a potato without salt and butter, but the parsnip comes with its own flavor package and can be enjoyed without added salt or fat! Try parsnips and you’ll be hooked!

I used many of the items from our large CSA box this week in this quick concoction. Peel the parsnips, and cut into pieces. They take the longest to cook, so I put them in the stir fry pan first, with the smallest amount of olive oil to prevent sticking. I add crushed garlic, pepper and a dash of hot sauce. Then I dd everything else; the green onion, celery (oops, captured this photo before the celery was in the pan) baby carrots. I toss a sprig of rosemary in towards the end so the rosemary flavor is there, but not overpowering.

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