In the UK, roasted parsnips are a regular favorite with the traditional Sunday roast, and for good reason. Parsnips and carrots are two of the sweetest winter root vegetables you can find, which makes... them excellent candidates for roasting and braising. This recipe sautés parboiled veggies with a little maple syrup to enhance their natural sweetness. Rosemary and shallots provide a deliciously aromatic savory tang.
Place the parsnip and carrot sticks into a shallow pan with 1-2 cups of water. Sprinkle with salt and parboil for 5 minutes, or just until they begin to soften. Drain.
Meanwhile, in a wide skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add shallots and cook, stirring until softened. Add the parsnips and carrots. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally.
Once the parsnips and carrots begin to brown, add the maple syrup, vinegar and rosemary. Cook 3-5 minutes longer, or until well browned. Serve immediately.
If the parsnips in your market are large and woody, they may need to be parboiled a little longer than the carrots before they start to soften, especially if the carrots are small and skinny, so make adjustments accordingly.
Whatever size your veggies start out, keep the veggie sticks as near to the same size as possible for even cooking.