Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Parsnip Hashbrowns

Wow. These just checked off so many boxes for me: Salty, slightly sweet, savory, fried, buttery, crispy, soft. So many textures and flavors fused into one delicious package. Would totally serve to overnight company. This version has a sweet take - if you are vehemently opposed to the idea of a sweet-ish hashbrown, season with onion powder and garlic powder instead of the warming spices listed below.

Breakfast is calling! Or dinner - whatever.

Parsnip Hashbrowns
Serves 3 as a side


3 peeled parsnips
4 tablespoons butter, or more to taste (I used salted Kerrygold)
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Using a vegetable peeler, shred the parsnips until the core is reached. Melt butter in a pan on medium-high heat, then add seasonings. Toss parsnip shreds into pan, and stir and turn frequently with a spaghetti serving utensil (they are still good for something after all!). While stirring, parsnips will cook, beginning to brown and clump. Use a spatula to shape the clumps into three hashbrown "cakes" about the size of the palm of your hand. Continue turning another couple of minutes, until golden brown and slightly crispy on the outside. Serve immediately.

Serving suggestion: With scrambled or boiled and mashed eggs.

09/01/2010: By the way, adding this note ex post facto to say that I just saw this potato/parsnip hashbrowns recipe on the BBC food site indicating that you can freeze homemade hashbrowns! I will definitely try this with my own parsnip hashbrowns recipe. -AO


  1. Made these for breakfast this morning - yum! Mine didn't clump together heaps but it was still good, I served with cherry tomatoes that i halved and cooked in the same pan. We will be making again!

  2. Tried these this morning...I missed the "peel to the core" part - I just threw the whole thing into the food processor - so they were pretty bitter. I will try them again though, paying close attention to 1) the size of my parsnips and 2) the core. :-)

  3. Add chopped mature yellow crookneck squash for a lovely change!


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