Two words, delicious and easy!
I love french fries. Marc is indifferent because he says he ate too many as a kid. I think they must have been of the fast food variety, because I seriously can’t turn down fresh cut fries. Regular doused with malt vinegar, poutine, chili fries… love them!
Over the years I have experimented with a variety of different substitutes for potatoes – sweet potatoes, turnip, carrots, etc. But, parsnip fries are my favourite. Parsnips are a root vegetable, similar to carrots, but sweet and spicy in taste. They come out crispy even though they are baked. They are also easy to clean and cut, which is what I like the most. The last time I made turnip fries I got quite the workout.
- 6-7 parsnips ( I find the thinner ones sweeter)
- 1 tsp of extra virgin olive oil (or just enough to lightly coat the fries)
- Coarse salt and Pepper – to taste
Preheat oven to 400 degrees
Clean and trim parsnips. If you are not used to cooking with parsnips, you just need to peel them like carrots and trim the ends.
Slice parsnips into fries. It is important to try to make them the same thickness so they cook evenly.
Toss in oil and season with salt and pepper.
Spread evenly on a baking sheet.
Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, flipping the fries halfway through. Keep an eye on them at the 25 minutes mark. They should be a nice golden brown and tender.
We ate these fries with Marc’s famous burgers – so good!!!