Here is a delicious way to serve carrots and parsnips that I found on At Home with Vicki Bensinger. We love carrots but I often forget about how delicious and sweet roasted parsnips can be. The original recipe from Nigella Lawson calls for only parsnips but Vicki took it a step further and added carrots. What a great combination! These would be perfect addition to your holiday dinner table but they are so simple to prepare they are wonderful for any week night meal also.
The maple syrup gives them an even greater depth of sweetness that is simply wonderful! Last spring I was very lucky to win a giveaway at Fresh New England of some wonderful maple syrup from the North Hadley Sugar Shack in Maine, along with some maple candy and beautifully-packaged soap. Thank you, El :) I used this amazing New England maple syrup on my roasted carrots and parsnips but any good maple syrup will taste great.
Speaking of carrots, my Oh Happy Plates Pinterest assignment for October was the color orange :)
Maple Roasted Carrots and Parsnips
Adapted from At Home with Vicki Bensinger who adapted it from Nigella Lawson
1-1/4 pounds parsnips
1-1/4 pounds carrots
4 fluid ounces vegetable oil
3 1/2 fluid ounces maple syrup
Salt & Freshly-ground Pepper to Taste
Optional: Freshly chopped parsley and spinach or arugula leaves for serving
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Peel the parsnips and then halve them crosswise, then halve or quarter each piece lengthwise. Prepare carrots the same way.
Mix together the vegetable oil, maple syrup and salt & pepper.
Place the parsnips and carrots on a rimmed baking pan. Pour the oil mixture over the vegetables and toss them well so that all of the pieces are coated.
Roast for 40-50 minutes, or until they are tender and golden brown.
To serve, place a layer of cleaned spinach leaves or arugula on a platter and spoon the roasted parsnips and carrots on top. Sprinkle with fresh, chopped parsley, if desired.
Note: The original recipes states that it serves 8 but I feel the portion size after roasted is better for 6.