Baked Parsnip Fries with Creamy Balsamic Reduction Dip

My husband loves potatoes in any form and thought he was eating French fries.

Until I told him he just inhaled a plate of parsnips.

Baked Parsnip Fries with Creamy Balsamic Reduction Dip (vegan, GF) - A healthier way to make fries instead of potatoes. Crispy & so good!

What’s a parsnip, he asked?  Good question.

Parsnips are a root vegetable and they have more in common with carrots than with potatoes. Visually, parsnips resemble carrots and are those long, pointy vegetables with hash-marked skins that you’ve probably noticed them in the grocery store near the carrots, turnips, rutabagas, and fennel but may have dismissed them as a funny-looking blonder-hued carrot. Parsnips are usually pale in color, ranging from creamy tones to pale yellow, and are much lighter than their orange cousins, carrots.

Baked Parsnip Fries with Creamy Balsamic Reduction Dip (vegan, GF) - A healthier way to make fries instead of potatoes. Crispy & so good!

Parsnips tend to be sweeter than carrots and more buttery, which is accentuated in the cooking process. Parsnips have a slightly spicy flavor, in a similar way that ginger and cardamom pack some warm-toned heat and spice. Until Scott was hip to the parsnip bait-and-switch, he said he liked the ginger I used in the potatoes. Exactly.

Nutritionally speaking, parsnips are very high in vitamin C, and have ample amounts of manganese, potassium, and folic acid. They’re also excellent sources of soluble and insoluble fiber, something which potatoes lack.

Baked Parsnip Fries with Creamy Balsamic Reduction Dip (vegan, GF) - A healthier way to make fries instead of potatoes. Crispy & so good!

To make the fries, I peeled and trimmed the parsnips, and at their thickest part, I kept the slices about one-quarter inch wide. Cutting them thin enough so they crisp up nicely, but not too thin so they don’t shrivel up into little char-broiled nothings, is important.

Then place the trimmed parsnips in a large bowl and sprinkle and toss them with a bit of cornstarch, which helps them to crisp up better as they bake. Transfer the coated parsnips to a lined baking sheet, drizzle with olive or vegetable oil, sprinkle with salt, pepper, and any optional seasonings from curry to cayenne that strike your fancy, and then bake.

Baked Parsnip Fries with Creamy Balsamic Reduction Dip (vegan, GF) - A healthier way to make fries instead of potatoes. Crispy & so good!

After about twenty minutes of cooking, flip the parsnips over and drizzle with a few additional tablespoons of oil, if they’ve dried out. Bake for an additional fifteen minutes or until they’re as browned and crispy as you like.

I find the secrets to getting baked vegetable fries crispy is both the cornstarch and quite a hot oven. The oven needs to be at a higher temperature so it flash-cooks the vegetables and allows them bake up crispier, rather than a low and slow oven, which is geared toward tenderizing food. Because of the hot oven, watch the parsnips closely as the baking time draws near because they will have a tendency to go from browned to burned in those final moments.

Baked Parsnip Fries with Creamy Balsamic Reduction Dip (vegan, GF) - A healthier way to make fries instead of potatoes. Crispy & so good!

Because of the fibrous nature of parsnips, the fries have plenty of texture and chewiness, much more so than a potato-based fry. All that texture makes for some great dipping. The more you chew, the more you want to dip. And dip again. I like a little food with my dip and the parsnips are firm enough to really dredge through a bowl of thick, creamy dip, and they hold up to it without caving or breaking, much like a thick-cut French fry can really hold up to maximum ketchup slathering.

The dip is a blend of balsamic reduction and (veagn) sour cream, or use Greek yogurt. I love balsamic vinegar and vinegar of any kind. Sometimes I let my homemade kombucha ferment just to the edge of turning into vinegar and relish in those tangy, pungent, sinus-clearing sips. Balsamic reduction is especially delightful because it concentrates the vinegar’s punch, yet the sharp tanginess is mitigated by brown sugar, and I really could eat the thick sauce from a spoon.

Baked Parsnip Fries with Creamy Balsamic Reduction Dip (vegan, GF) - A healthier way to make fries instead of potatoes. Crispy & so good!

People tend to make a big deal about balsamic reduction and when I see jars of very overpriced balsamic reduction in stores, I cringe. My version takes ten minutes and costs pennies to make. Combine balsamic vinegar and brown sugar in a small saucepan, heat until they boil, and just allow the mixture to reduce. Because I keep the heat higher than just a low-grade simmer, the reduction goes very fast, in about five minutes, and it’s so simple.

Combine the mouth-puckering reduction with a bit of sour cream for a perfectly creamy and cooling dip. The cooling effect of the sour cream balanced the inherent warming qualities of the parsnips and it was a great balance. Plus, I liked the pale plum color of the dip. Bonus points for purple dip.

Baked Parsnip Fries with Creamy Balsamic Reduction Dip (vegan, GF) - A healthier way to make fries instead of potatoes. Crispy & so good!

I started with two pounds of parsnips before trimming or cooking them and an hour later, every last morsel had been inhaled. My five year old loved them and dipped hers in ketchup, Scott liked his with Homemade Spicy Honey Mustard, and I was in balsamic reduction heaven.

Ever since I made these, Scott’s been asking for more parsnip fries. Not French fries; parsnip fries. And so I consider this recipe a success on more than one level.

Baked Parsnip Fries with Creamy Balsamic Reduction Dip (vegan, GF) - A healthier way to make fries instead of potatoes. Crispy & so good!

Baked Parsnip Fries with Creamy Balsamic Reduction Dip (vegan, GF) - A healthier way to make fries instead of potatoes. Crispy & so good!

Baked Parsnip Fries with Creamy Balsamic Reduction Dip (vegan, gluten-free)

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: Makes about 4 servings

Parsnips fries are slightly sweet, with just a hint of spiciness and a peppery nature. They're more buttery than a white potato and have loads of extra nutrients. Baking, rather than frying, keeps them healthier with sacrificing flavor. The balsamic reduction comes together in minutes and when sour cream is stirred in, the cool and creamy, tangy, dip pairs perfectly with the hot fries right out of the oven.


For the Parsnip Fries

2 pounds parsnips, peeled and trimmed into fries about 5-inches long by about 1/4-inch wide (2 pounds is shown in the photos, reduce batch size if desired)

2 tablespoons corn starch

4 tablespoons+ olive oil, divided

salt and pepper, to taste

For the Creamy Balsamic Reduction Dip

1/2 cup balsamic vinegar

3 tablespoons brown sugar, packed (either light or dark), or to taste

1/2 cup sour cream, or to taste (vegan or regular sour cream may be used; Greek yogurt may be substitued)


For the Parsnip Fries - Preheat oven to 425F and line two baking sheets with Silpat liners, aluminum foil, or parchment paper; set aside. Peel and trim parsnips into fries, about 4 to 5 inches long, and about 1/4-inch wide (they do shrivel, but not as much as carrots or sweet potatoes).

Place parsnips in a large mixing bowl and sprinkle with corn starch and using your hands, toss to coat evenly. Transfer parsnips to prepared baking trays, divided evenly, about one pound per tray. Drizzle about 1 tablespoon olive oil over each tray and toss parsnips with hands to disperse and coat evenly. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Prior to baking, arrange parsnips on the trays so they are not touching each other and have air space between them; air circulating allows them to crisp up better in the oven.

Bake on the first side for about 20 to 25 minutes. Remove trays from the oven, flip parsnips over with a tongs, drizzle with about 1 tablespoon oil over each tray, and bake for an additional 15 minutes, or until parsnips are browned and crispy. Baking times will vary greatly due to size parsnips were trimmed, the moisture content in them, how thick the cornstarch was applied, how much oil is used, and personal taste preferences. They will be prone to burning in the final minutes of cooking so keep a watchful eye as this is a very hot oven. Remove from oven and serve immediately with ketchup, mustard, Homemade Spicy Honey Mustard, barbeque sauce, sour cream, salsa, guacamole, or balsamic reduction or creamy balsamic reduction dip.

For the Creamy Balsamic Reduction Dip - While the parsnips are baking, combine balsamic vinegar and brown sugar in a small saucepan and heat over medium to medium-high heat, stirring constantly until sugar dissolves. Allow mixture to come to a boil and boil fairly rapidly for about 3 to 5 minutes, or until volume has reduced by about half, stirring intermittently while it boils. Keep a watchful eye so mixture doesn't boil over, which its prone to doing.

Immediately transfer the reduction to a heat-safe container or bowl and do not let it cool in the saucepan because it will be prone to sticking to the saucepan as it cools and it will turn into a sticky, hardened mess on the saucepan and the scrubbing becomes epic; transfer immediately to a container and then soak the pan.

After balsamic has cooled for about 10 minutes, combine about 2 tablespoons balsamic reduction with sour cream, to taste, playing with the ratios as desired. Stir until mixture is smooth. Serve immediately with fries. Extra balsamic reduction will keep for months in an airtight container in the refrigerator. After balsamic reduction has been combined with the sour cream, I suggest consuming it within a week.

Related Recipes:

Caribbean Citrus Roasted Sweet Potatoes – Yams and sweet potatoes can do no wrong and I played up their naturally sweet attributes by roasting them with Caribbean-themed spices

Roasted Carrot and Red Pepper Peanut Soup (vegan, gluten-free, soy-free) – I roasted the carrots and peppers in this soup until they were very well-done, and pureed them with coconut milk, peanuts, and peanut butter, for a soup was a smokey, hearty, easy, and robustly flavored

Roasted Sweet Potato Fries (vegan, GF) – I’ll never tire of good old-fashioned roasted sweet potatoes and strongly prefer roasted sweet potatoes to roasted white potatoes

Sweet Potato Graham Cracker “French Toast” Sticks – Don’t judge a book by it’s cover because you’ll miss out on how to turn sweet potatoes into French toast sticks, complete with their own baked-in streusel topping. This recipe was included in the Trader Joe’s cookbook I was a contributing author in, and if potatoes can be dessert, this recipe is how

Roasted Grapes and Balsamic Reduction with Cheese and Crackers – Roasting grapes brings out their natural sweetness and they absorb just a bit of the olive oil while roasting. If you ever have grapes that are a bit past their prime, roasting them is a great way to use them. Drizzled in balsamic vinegar, and served with cheese and crackers, this is an easy holiday party appetizer

Tempeh and Cucumbers on a Stick with Brown Sugar Balsamic Reduction Dip (vegan, GF if GF tempeh is used) – My love of balsamic reduction means I’ll dip almost anything into it, from parsnip fries to tempeh and cucumbers

Have you tried parsnips or made any non-potato based fries?

Balsamic vinegar fan?

I’d love to hear about your favorite parsnip recipes or recipes for baked fries of any sort.

Or hear if you love vinegar and vinegar recipes as much as I do.



105 Responses to “Baked Parsnip Fries with Creamy Balsamic Reduction Dip”

  1. the 3volution of j3nn — November 8, 2012 at 12:22 am (#

    They sound really good! I’ve never had roasted parsnips but you make me want to try. They definitely look like French fries! I bet cinnamon and butter would go great with them too?

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — November 8, 2012 at 12:29 am (#

      They would be heavenly with cinnamon-sugar or cinnamon-butter – really anything goes with cinn-butter-sugar for me but these would be glorious with it!

  2. Erica — November 8, 2012 at 1:50 am (#

    Parsnips are awesome! I love how they have a little funky bite. Josh just tried them for a first time and is a fan. I roasted them, but will make them more fry like next time!

  3. Michelle @ Eat Move Balance — November 8, 2012 at 2:15 am (#

    I make parsnip fries all the time! I love them. I also make butternut squash fries (just posted about them recently), and turnip fries.

    I’ve also made my own balsamic reduction, but my husband can’t stand how potent the whole place smells afterwards. So, I’ve gone back to buying it…..but you’re right, it’s expensive, and sometimes difficult to find one that doesn’t have added ingredients that I don’t want in there.

  4. little kitchie — November 8, 2012 at 3:31 am (#

    what a great idea! and i LOVE balsamic reductions, but never thought about serving them as a dipping sauce for fries! fabulous – will be making these as soon as possible!!

  5. Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit — November 8, 2012 at 3:57 am (#

    I love the bowls you used for your peanut soup, where did you get those, they’re amazing!

    I totally forgot about parsnip fries, they’re SO good and Kevin likes them, too!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — November 8, 2012 at 10:07 am (#

      Anthropologie. They still have them. They are the most VERSATILE bowls I have ever bought. I have them in white, too. Like a cream/beige stoneware although they are picking up slightly blue-ish here, they are more creamy in person

      between the two colors, HIGHLY recommend them!

    • Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit — November 8, 2012 at 1:24 pm (#

      Wow, thanks a lot, Averie! I guess we have an Anthropologie in Montreal (I’d never heard of them). When I go to the website they tell me that they don’t have a site that’s multilingual so I’m not allowed to view it in Quebec. So strange (and frustrating) soooo I’m planning to just go there tomorrow. Wish me luck!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — November 8, 2012 at 8:36 pm (#

      I *just* got back from the real store and they have the blue ones there still (looked for you) and the white, is gone. But they have new stuff :) That sucks that you can’t access their site…that is WEIRD!

    • Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit — November 9, 2012 at 2:28 am (#

      Awesome, thanks Averie! You’re so sweet :) Haha ya, that’s Quebec for you. If it doesn’t come in French, we don’t want it. Needless to say, it’s taken some adjusting that’s for sure! I’ll let you know if I’m able to find them today!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — November 9, 2012 at 9:31 am (#

      Well I hope things pan out! If nothing else, you will find about 10 other equally amazing things if you set foot in that store!

    • Leanne @hp — November 10, 2012 at 2:11 am (#

      Wow. It was amazing! You’re right, so many cool things and I loved the clothes, too!

  6. katie @ KatieDid — November 8, 2012 at 4:53 am (#

    I love the little side stories about Scotts confusion, they are always quite amusing lol! Men will be men and they are typically easy to please through their stomachs.

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — November 8, 2012 at 10:06 am (#

      He’s frequently highly confused about the food, which is FINE! I actually would go nuts if I was married to a ‘foodie’ who over-analyzed things (like I do). We’d never eat…we’d just talk about the food, dissect it, belabor the preparation & methods, etc. Lol We’re a good balance that way :) And yes, most men are quite confused – about everything. Not just food. Lol

  7. Heather (Where's the Beach) — November 8, 2012 at 5:26 am (#

    I’ve tried parsnips maybe a couple of times and just wasn’t blown away by them. But these really look fantastic and that dip….yum! I love balsamic anything really.

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — November 8, 2012 at 10:04 am (#

      Between your love of balsamic (thought of you when I was typing this as I know we could both literally eat it with a spoon!) and your love of sweet taters/fries, this is perfect for you. Try ’em again and see what you think!

  8. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — November 8, 2012 at 5:57 am (#

    These sound lovely! Great recipe Averie!

  9. Paula — November 8, 2012 at 6:04 am (#

    Oh–these look so much like regular French fries and they will be made tomorrow for dinner! I also have a kabocha squash (I FINALLY got my little mitts on one of those–they are hard to find here)! So–I’ll do both because that creamy balsamic dip will be great with pretty much everything. I have roasted parsnips with turnips, rutabaga and other roots but at a lower temp because of my ultra sensitive smoke alarm. Now that I can actually run my oven over 400 with my avocado oil, I’m excited to get some crispier parsnips!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — November 8, 2012 at 10:04 am (#

      My smoke detector is the world’s MOST annoying. Omg. It goes off ALL the time! Anything over 400F usually but with these, they don’t seem to set it off as bad as other roasted veggies. I also kept the oil to the bare minimum and it also really soaks into the uber-porous parsnips so less to just sit there and char and heat to the smoking point. Funny you say that about kabocha squash. Everyone in other parts of the country says that but here, they’re easy to find. A little pricey but easy. We are spoiled here :) The creamy balsamic is super universal. The color, in person, is on the gray-mauve side. Not exactly ‘gorgeous’ but it sure tastes good. LMK how it all goes!

  10. Christine (The Raw Project) — November 8, 2012 at 6:19 am (#

    These sound fabulous, I’ve never baked parsnips before but need to add them to my shopping list now!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — November 8, 2012 at 10:01 am (#

      Oh this is SUCH a Christine recipe – vegan and easy and savory! You just need to make a Vitamix sauce with it and it’ll be totally up your alley :)

  11. Abby@ The Frosted Vegan — November 8, 2012 at 6:28 am (#

    YUM! I never know quite what to do with parsnips, but fries are always the best options to get those veggies in!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — November 8, 2012 at 10:00 am (#

      Yes they sure are! And did you change your blog name? Why do I think of it as totesdelish or something to that nature?

    • Abby@ The Frosted Vegan — November 8, 2012 at 10:23 am (#

      Yep, you are right! It was Totes Delish, but I am vegan focused so I wanted to change it around : )

  12. bev @ bevcooks — November 8, 2012 at 6:41 am (#

    Look at theeeeese oh I’m dying!

  13. Rachel (Two Healthy Plates) — November 8, 2012 at 6:43 am (#

    These look soooo good. I’ve been wanting to try parsnip fries for a while now but I’ve had trouble finding good looking ones in the store.

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — November 8, 2012 at 9:59 am (#

      They all look pretty raggedy raw, truthfully – at least in my grocery stores. But once they’re peeled and trimmed though, they transform :)

  14. Jennifer Osborn — November 8, 2012 at 7:14 am (#

    I’ve roasted parsnips before but never made them into fries. And I’m always looking for ways to get more vegetables into my family. They’re suckers for “fries” so I’ll have to try these. I didn’t know about that cornstarch tip to help crisping. Would that work with making sweet potato fries?

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — November 8, 2012 at 9:57 am (#

      Yes it does help immensely~ And that’s where I learned the trick. From a Pinterest pin about making sweet tater fries with it and it works like a champ on both them and parsnip fries!

  15. Ed — November 8, 2012 at 7:53 am (#

    I know I love sweet potato fries…never thought of using parsnips…awesome! Going to have to try it soon..

  16. Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} — November 8, 2012 at 8:03 am (#

    I have not had luck using corn starch to yield a crunchy baked fry. I don’t mind because I actually like non-crispy fries, but my husband does not. Maybe I’ll have to give it another go.

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — November 8, 2012 at 9:56 am (#

      Well nothing is going to get a baked fry as crispy as frying them in oil, but…as baked fries go these are pretty crispy! I also cook them to the point of being quite well done in a high heat oven. All the little tricks all add up :)

  17. Michele Sparrow — November 8, 2012 at 8:48 am (#

    My husband is a potato lover, too. So are our boys. These look like such a fresh and fun alternative to regular french fries! I love how crispy and perfect they look and that dip!! AWESOME. I agree that you need a little food with your dip and this dip looks like the perfect pairing to me. I like the one reader’s suggestion, also, that a little butter and cinnamon and possibly sugar could make those babies delicious, too!

    Fantastic recipe and delicious photos! (As always!) ;-)

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — November 8, 2012 at 9:55 am (#

      The butter/cinn-sugar combo will ALWAYS be a winner for me and so will lot of dip :)

  18. Eileen — November 8, 2012 at 10:39 am (#

    I don’t think I’ve ever had parsnip fries! Roasted parsnips with other root eg, yes; parsnip fries, no. That balsamic dip sounds amazing!

  19. Laura (Tutti Dolci) — November 8, 2012 at 11:52 am (#

    Yum, I love the balsamic reduction dip!

  20. Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) — November 8, 2012 at 1:02 pm (#

    I looove parsnip fries! Haven’t made them in forever, and now of course I’m craving them.

  21. Amber K — November 8, 2012 at 1:09 pm (#

    Parsnips roast up too sweet for me, but kohlrabi or green beans would be awesome with this sauce!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — November 8, 2012 at 8:36 pm (#

      Kohlrabi – haven’t had it in ages and I love it. Thanks for the reminder!

    • Amber K — November 8, 2012 at 11:50 pm (#

      Kohlrabi is underrated and delicious!

  22. Tianna — November 8, 2012 at 1:42 pm (#

    this is weird to say, but I’ve never actually had a parsnip . This sounds yummy though!

  23. sally @ sallys baking addiction — November 8, 2012 at 1:46 pm (#

    Oh Averie! These homemade parsnip fries look and sound amazing. And I like Skylar’s style…. ketchup all the way!!!! Your Creamy Balsamic Reduction Dip undoubtedly sounds incredible though too. Balsamic Reduction is like sweet candy. I like it with brie cheese and pears! And yes, I like a little food with my dip, thankyouverymuch. Lovely photos – second row FG WOOHOO!! You somehow always manage to make VEGETABLES look as incredible as chocolate glazed pumpkin cake. I want to come over for dinner and stuff my face with these and have soft CCCs for dessert and a side of cinnamon swirl bread. Can you tell I’m hungry??

  24. Christina @ The Beautiful Balance — November 8, 2012 at 2:00 pm (#

    I LOVE parsnips. My favorite is that slight spice that they have when they’re raw and how they mellow out when they’re roasted. Endless options with this recipe.

  25. Jamie @ Thrifty Veggie Mama — November 8, 2012 at 2:18 pm (#

    These look awesome! I tried parsnips for the first time last year and loved them. I will have to try them this way!

  26. Jackie @ The Beeroness — November 8, 2012 at 3:11 pm (#

    You are so brilliant! I never would have thought of this. And That dip sounds amazing!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — November 8, 2012 at 8:34 pm (#

      Brilliant? No, that’s your chipotle ketchup. Just like I wanna trade bread w/ you, I wanna trade condiments, too!

  27. Cassie — November 8, 2012 at 3:51 pm (#

    I love that you just came out with this recipe! I have left over parsnips that I did know what to do with!

  28. Katie — November 8, 2012 at 3:55 pm (#

    I’ve tried parsnips a few times, roasted even, and I am not into them for some reason. I am not a hug carrot fan either. Maybe it’s a texture thing? I’m weird.

    And usually I am all about anything roasted!

  29. Jolene ( — November 8, 2012 at 4:12 pm (#

    I have made parsnip fries, but not for a looooong time. Yours sound and look awesome! I love the idea of a creamy balsamic dip – haven’t had the balsamic flavour in a creamy form before. I definitely am a fan of balsamic vinegar.

  30. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — November 8, 2012 at 4:14 pm (#

    You turned Scott and Skylar into parsnip lovers without them knowing–genius. I totally need to try these because you had me fooled, too! I saw “French fries!!” and then realized they were not potatoes, but in fact, a veggie I’ve never tried before. And that balsamic reduction dip… holy yum. I am already in balsamic dip heaven and I haven’t even had it yet!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — November 8, 2012 at 8:33 pm (#

      Oh I bet you’d love them and the bite they have, just a bit, pair it with some of that fancy cheese you have access to!

  31. Heidi @foodiecrush — November 8, 2012 at 4:47 pm (#

    I love how different root vegetables other than the standard potato are making a foray into our favorites list. This recipe is exactly the reason why. Gorgeously drool worthy.

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — November 8, 2012 at 8:33 pm (#

      Drool worthy. Why thank, Miss Photographer of the year. Every time I look at your posts, I am blown.away. and you keep growing – amazing!

  32. purelymichelle — November 8, 2012 at 4:57 pm (#

    love fall vegetables like parsnips

  33. Ashley - Baker by Nature — November 8, 2012 at 5:16 pm (#

    We always have parsnips at home, but I never thought to make them into fries before!!! We usually just toss them in soups and such. This is such a fab idea, Averie!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — November 8, 2012 at 8:32 pm (#

      Soups are a good idea too but these were begging for the fries! They were long and perfect!

  34. Laura Dembowski — November 8, 2012 at 5:50 pm (#

    I make sweet potato fries all the time. I tried parsnip ones once but wasn’t a fan. I’ll have to give them another shot after this rave review. Sometimes it takes a couple times of trying something to like it.

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — November 8, 2012 at 8:31 pm (#

      I say go for it again b/c you’re right, it can take awhile! But these honestly, are so good. You may have had ‘dud’ parsnips :)

  35. jackie @ marin mama cooks — November 8, 2012 at 6:03 pm (#

    I love parsnip fries and yours look all browned and crunchy, just the way I like them. They would be perfect paired with a burger. I tried baking them once, but they didn’t brown up the ways yours did. I will follow your recipe next time I make them up.
    Jackie :)

  36. Jess — November 8, 2012 at 7:15 pm (#

    These sound so good! I think my husband could be tricked into them!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — November 8, 2012 at 8:30 pm (#

      Just serve them as if they’re potatoes. If he’s anything like mine, he’ll have no clue. Just straight-face, serve them, business as usual :)

  37. luvwhatyoudo — November 8, 2012 at 8:07 pm (#

    Those look fantastic!
    I am a huge fan of parsnip chips but will have to cut them into fries next time!

  38. LiztheChef — November 8, 2012 at 8:08 pm (#

    We think in like minds. Just posted my small roasted Brussels sprouts. Let’s spread the word of these healthy Thanksgiving and winter “sides”.

  39. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — November 8, 2012 at 8:09 pm (#

    Great idea! I am a big fan of all root veggies so these are right up my alley. Love the reduction!

  40. Valerie — November 8, 2012 at 9:40 pm (#

    I think I’d inhale these too! Great tip about tossing in a bit of cornstarch. :)

    p.s. I Love the tables (and cutting boards?) that you use in your photos!

  41. Bree — November 9, 2012 at 6:52 am (#

    Wow Averie those look amazing! And that dip? Even more amazing! :)

  42. Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies — November 9, 2012 at 8:32 am (#

    I’ve never really known what to do with parsnips, so I never buy them. This looks like a really fantastic recipe, and I love the bait-and-switch idea! Can’t wait to try this out on my family!

  43. Ruby @ The Ruby Red Apron — November 9, 2012 at 9:28 am (#

    I am amazed! These parsnip fries look exactly like regular fries… well actually much MUCH better. I’m adding parsnips to my shopping list for sure. I just recently attempted to make sweet potato fries.. Not very successful unfortunately. I can’t make them crisp! Anyway, I’m so jealous of your parsnip fries! hehehe

  44. Meagan @ Scarletta Bakes — November 9, 2012 at 10:53 am (#

    I love this so much I can hardly stand it. I love how crispy the fries look, I love that you used parsnips, and I love, love, love the Creamy Balsamic Reduction Dip! I’m going to put a plate of this in front of my husband this weekend (he’s also a potato and balsamic lover) and then laugh with glee when I tell him that he’s actually eating parsnips!

  45. Paula — November 9, 2012 at 4:05 pm (#

    I was excited to make the parsnip fries so I had some for lunch. They were soo good (perfectly crispy on the outside). I’ll be happy to make another batch along with the kabocha tonight to share with my hubby! I saved some balsamic reduction to drizzle on salads but also like the creamy version.

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — November 9, 2012 at 4:50 pm (#

      Thanks for the comment over here :) and the feedback, Paula! So glad you are kind enough to share round 2 with your hubs. Hope he’s a fan, too! Have a great weekend :)

  46. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — November 10, 2012 at 12:03 am (#

    Can you believe I’ve never had parsnip before?! I totally need to try it now and make this ASAP along with that heavenly dipping sauce. And I want to give this to Jason and see if he thinks it’s potatoes too! He’s a bit of a fry fanatic so I wonder if the parsnips can fool him!

  47. Marina@Picnic at Marina — November 11, 2012 at 10:30 am (#

    Averie, this is one of my favorite root vegetables (I have a few). They are very tasty roasted indeed. My favorite would be a parsnip roasted over a campfire. If you never tried it, I am sure you would love it. I am still learning to love a sweet potatoes. For our taste it has too much sweetness. My mother, when they came last year with the visit, added some to the soup and was very disappointed with it’s taste. My husband completely refuses to eat it, and only teenager and I would go from time to time for a roasted sweet potato “fries”.
    There is one variety though that we all love, but it’s hard to find in the stores: Murasaki. It is smaller that a regular sweet potato, and has a white flash, but it tastes just fantastic.
    Averie, how is your cast iron pan doing? Did you find a way to season it? I don’t remember if I told you this, but I found out that unrefined sunflower oil tends to work the best out of all oils: it doesn’t get rancid so fast. Grapeseed oil is number two with reservations: if you use your pan every week.
    Have you tried coconut oil? If you did, does it make all food smell coconut?
    Have a lovely time with your family! :)

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — November 11, 2012 at 10:37 am (#

      My skillet is enameled cast iron and I’m doing great with it – use it all the time but this is a post I did with it

      And I can imagine parsnips on a campfire would be so tasty!

    • Marina@Picnic at Marina — November 11, 2012 at 11:12 am (#

      Thanks, I was actually asking about the skillet you found in the thrift shop, the yellow one. :) Your new Le Creuset is great, I love the color. My daughter decided to start cooking, and asked me to share some pans. I told her to pick what she likes. Guess what did she pick? My Le Creuset frying pan (similar to yours) and a small pot. Oh well, mother can never say no to a daughter, right? :) And I can cook in my well seasoned by now black Lodge cast iron skillet.

  48. vanillasugarblog — November 11, 2012 at 3:25 pm (#

    you are such a good girl
    i never ever would have thought about using parsnips.
    what a clever ( and healthy) idea.
    gold stars on your creative chart!!

  49. Gena — November 17, 2012 at 4:52 am (#

    Sweet and salty root veggies with tangy balsamic? These are a few of my favorite things!!!! Awesome recipe, Averie!

  50. Kayla — December 3, 2012 at 3:49 pm (#

    I love how you mentioned that “the scrubbing becomes epic”. Been there, done that! I can’t wait to try this dip with my homemade fries!

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