Thursday, April 28, 2011

Carrot & Parsnip Puree

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I love parsnips for many reasons. They look like an albino carrot but differ in both taste and texture. 

The flavor of a parsnip is very sweet with a bit of spice that I love.  I can't put my finger on it but the spice reminds me of cinnamon? Cardamom?  Cooked parnsips also mash or puree easily.
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Parsnips are very high in folate, calcium, potassium and fiber.  All of these factors and you have a perfect candidate for baby food.
Peel and then slice 2 or 3 carrots and 2 or 3 parsnips.  Steam the slices until tender.  This took me about 15-20 minutes.  Poke them with a fork to see if they are soft enough to mash.  Reserve cooking liquid in case you would like to use it to thin down the puree.  Place them in a food processor and blend or mash by hand. 

I decided to steam them separately so that I also had plain parsnip puree for Peanut.
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You can blend the carrots and parsnips together in the processor or mix them together by hand.

Don't overlook parsnip in your cooking at home.  We love them roasted and they also add a great flavor to mashed potatoes.

Have you had parsnip before?  How do you use them?

4 comments:

  1. I don't believe I've ever had one! Can't say I've seen one in the grocery store, either. Will have to check the farmers market when it starts up next month...

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  2. I make carrot, parsnip, and sweet potato puree, and Jake LOVES it! It's his favorite! Hope your doing well sister! xoxo Brooke

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  3. I'm picturing you as Diane Keaton in Baby Boom right now. Also, Hannah is pissed that she got me for a mommy and not you since your baby food looks far superior to what she's eating.

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  4. I adore parsnips too. They are such an overlooked and uncelebrated vegetable. I slice em, mash em, and cube them in large chunks for stew. Any place you put a potato you can also use a parsnip. However, I haven't fried them. Hmmm. Wonder how they'd taste fried?

    But you can't beat them sliced up like carrots with a little butter. I don't know what spice they remind me of either, but I've noticed it is stronger in the winter. Anyway, parsnips rock. I imagine a baby would love them too, since they have a mild flavor and a good texture for little gums to smack on.

    Jaxx

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