I was going to go to the grocery store and I asked my husband which veggies he wanted. He then proceeded to go on a giant rant about parsnips, and how in farm country where he grew up parsnips were cheap, 50 cents for 3lbs, they'd walk 5 miles in the snow up-hill both ways for it, or something like that. Whatever, he basically made a big deal that I get parsnips. Turns out parsnips here in urbanized Jacksonville Florida is no 50 cents for 3lbs... it was $3 for 1lb!
Here's to you honey and your exasperatingly expensive parsnips. Hope it was worth it!
Notes from the Test Kitchen:
These were wonderfully creamy. And, I loved the addition of bacon. Some horseradish may go nicely in these too. These are a great side dish to serve when having company for dinner.
Salt and pepper sliced parsnips liberally. Place them in a pot and cover with cream and milk.
Add bay leaf, crushed garlic and thyme to the pot.
Bring pot to a low simmer, watching cautiously and stirring frequently so the cream does not singe to the bottom on the pot. Simmer for 15 minutes or until parsnips are tender.
Meanwhile in another pan fry bacon until crispy. Add minced shallot to bacon and toss until translucent. Remove from heat and drain excess fat. Set aside.
Once parsnips are tender, strain parsnips from the cream, reserving the excess cream. Remove and dispose of bay leaf and thyme sprigs.
In a food processor or with an immersion blender, puree parsnips with butter. Add some of the excess cream you cooked the parsnips in if you need to thin out your puree.
Add crispy bacon and Parmesan to the puree, pulsing lightly to incorporate into puree.