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roasting parsnips, how long to parboil then roast please please

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jellyjelly Sat 03-Oct-09 17:54:47

I am roasting them, have chopped them and about to par boil but dont know how long for. I am roasting them with fennel and cooking potatoes and pork shaperib chops.

TheUtterlyUnhumpableAAGill Sat 03-Oct-09 17:56:43

I just roast, no parboiling. Coat in oil, and put at top of a hot oven for about 20 ish minutes?

purepurple Sat 03-Oct-09 17:57:09

I don't normally parboil them. I stick them in about 10 minutes after the roast potatoes go in.

JeminTheDungeon Sat 03-Oct-09 17:57:19

Similar to potatoes-parboil for 5;8 mins, then cool and roast.

Sounds likme a lovely meal

unfitmother Sat 03-Oct-09 17:57:56

I don't bother, I just roast them.

AnybodyHomeMcFly Sat 03-Oct-09 17:58:12

Parsnips cook quickly so I wouldn't think you have to parboil them for long, if at all. Sounds like a nice dinner smile

MaureenMLove Sat 03-Oct-09 17:59:17

Don't parboil at all! They'll be mush, before you know it!

Enjoy your meal, it sounds lovely!

IWantCleanCarpets Sat 03-Oct-09 17:59:38

I don't parboil either, they only take about 20mins to roast

jellyjelly Sat 03-Oct-09 18:00:22

Thankyou, I am rubbish at cooking and getting the timings right. One bit is always cold. Am also sticking on a bit of le roule onto the cooked meat (actually maybe alot am trying to kick a cold)

I will report later.

Rindercella Sat 03-Oct-09 18:02:01

I don't parboil parsnips either - they cook really quite quickly. About 20 mins in roasting tin in hot oven.

<<whispers: parsnips will taste much better after the first frost>> grin

BecauseImWorthIt Sat 03-Oct-09 18:02:51

I don't bother parboiling either. I also chuck a knob of butter in the roasting fat - adds a lovely richness and helps caramelise them.

jellyjelly Sat 03-Oct-09 18:02:52

Why do they tast better and when is that likely to be. I am starting to watch the seasons.

Rindercella Sat 03-Oct-09 18:12:21

Think it's actually a seasonal thing jelly - so parsnips are really a winter vegetable - that is when they are at their best. After the first frost was when they were traditionally harvested (before we had access to all foods 365 days a year). Will probably be in the next month or so I should think smile

BecauseImWorthIt Sat 03-Oct-09 18:25:18

It's to do with the amount of sugar/starch in them, which is affected by the temperature

<vague>

Just don't test me, but it's something like that!

Sprouts are the same, apparently.

Rindercella Sat 03-Oct-09 19:16:37

<<bows down to BIWI's superior knowledge>>

BecauseImWorthIt Sat 03-Oct-09 19:19:56

<amazed I got away with it>

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