Honey Roasted Parsnips with Balsamic Chimichurri

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I don't know. I seem to be all about parsnips at the moment.

I bet you've noticed.

Putting aside the fact that they're a great source of potassium, Vitamin C, fibre and also have some magnesium in them - they're a lovely substitute for white potatoes in recipes. They kind of hold up with a similar texture. You can make fries, spiralize them, roast them, grate them and turn them into hash browns... I just seem to be loving parsnips at the moment, and that's all good.

So parsnip fries. These are kind of crispy and golden and have a sweet flavour. I used to absolutely hate roasted parsnips when I was a kid - no idea why - but I think it might be something to do with the parsnip being quite sweet and I maybe thought that was weird with a roast dinner, as I was so used to my main vegetables on a daily basis being just potatoes and peas. Maybe it was that. I don't really know.

For these, you just slice the parsnips up into thin little sticks, chuck them in the oven and then dribble over this beautiful tangy balsamic chimichurri salsa after they're cooked. Putting balsamic vinegar in my chimichurri is probably not going to win me any points with my Argentine readers (my in-laws, too) but I urge you to give it a go. The rich, deep flavours of the balsamic vinegar contrast beautifully with the fresh parsley and garlic along with the sweet crunchiness of the parsnip fries.

I really love it.

Honey Roasted Parsnips with Balsamic Chimichurri
Serves 3-4

6 parsnips
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp honey

2 tsp balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
pinch of salt
big handful freshly chopped fresh parsley

Method Roast 25 minutes or until golden. Take out, drizzle with honey retrun to oven gas mark 7.
For chimichurri, mix together ingredients and drizzle over cooked parsnips.

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