I love parsnips. And I hate waste. So, with 3 uneaten parsnips in the fridge and some online inspiration, I decided to make parsnip rostis. I simply grated the (unpeeled) parsnips with some potato, added herbs and seasoning and fried the whole lot in butter to make a sort of parsnip pancake. Instead of attempting to flip it over I finished the top off under the grill.
The rosti was easy to make and turned out to be rather special – it became sweet, crispy and caramelised when fried in the butter, with an almost nutmeggy taste. We cut the rosti in half and topped each with a poached egg. Seriously good!
The recipe would make a great Boxing Day brunch and if you wanted to be really organised you could make it in advance then freeze!
Parsnip rosti (serves 2)
3 medium parsnips, grated
2 medium potatoes, grated
Small handful chopped rosemary or dried herbs
Salt and pepper
Mix the grated parsnips and potatoes together and put in a dry, clean tea towel. Squeeze the tea towel in to a ball to get rid of any excess water. Put the mixture in to a bowl and add the herbs and some salt and pepper. Mix.
Heat a little butter in a frying pan and add the mixture, pressing it down in to a tight roundish shape. Fry for approx 5 mins then transfer the pan to the grill to fry the top for around another 5 mins, until golden and crispy on top (or you could try flipping the rosti and frying the other side if you have the right tool!) Cut the rosti in half and use a spatula to carefully take each half out (don’t worry if it falls apart a bit – it will still be delish!) Eat topped with a fried or poached egg and with mayo on the side.
If freezing, simply store the rosti in a freezer bag/s and cook straight from frozen in the frying pan until warmed through and crispy.