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Parsnip Pleasures

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Late summer harvest

Potatoes, squash, and other hunks of garden goodness.

I should note right up front in this blog that I LOVE winter storage crops and the food that comes from it. Many people say they don’t and then indicate that they prefer the tomatoes and strawberries of summer. ( To be honest…I like it all!)
I’ve noticed that many people haven’t really spent much time “meeting” winter crops. By winter crops, I mean those yummy hunks of goodness that are harvested late in the year and store well over winter. 

Some examples here in western Michigan are:

  • Potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Parsnips
  • Rutabaga
  • Squash
  • Ida Red apples
  • Chestnuts
  • Sweet potatoes

Parsnips make potato dishes much more flavorful and interesting. Try some cabbage and chestnuts in your next stew.

If you are lucky enough to still have a farmers market open near you…pay it a visit.  You’ll be rewarded with extra nutrition, “stay-with-you” hearty food, and a dimensional flavor that many summer crops don’t give.

Here is one of my favorite winter recipes.  It is easy and tasty:

3, 2, 1 Potatoes!

  • 3 large baking potatoes, peeled (or not, lots of good nutrition in that peel, wash well though)
  • 2 medium Parsnips, peeled (Rutabaga works too)

Chunk them up into 1 1/2 chunks or so and toss them in a pot of hot water.  Turn the heat on and bring to a boil.  After 10 minutes of boiling, add:

  • 1 large clove of garlic.  (just peel and toss in)

Boil for another 15 minutes.  Drain. If you used a colander to drain (I just use the lid of the pan to keep everything still in the pot and drain over a colander to catch the run-aways and put them back in).  While the pan is still hot, add:

  • 1/4 cup of cream (milk will do in a pinch, just up the butter a bit)
  • 2 TBSP butter
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 dashes of black pepper.

Mash the potatoes.  I use my hand-held electric mixer to mash faster to keep every thing hot and result in a fluffy dish.  Ta-Da! 

A mix of just about any winter crop using the same 1 strong flavor (onions, garlic…), 2 medium flavor (rutabaga, parnsip, carrots), and 3 mild flavor (pretty much potatoes but I have used cabbage and chestnuts here and it went well) results in a great winter dish.  Flavors will vary of course…YAY for variety!!

I’d love to hear about your winter favorite winter crop recipe.  Email me at ICan@bygonebasics.com.

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