Once you Parsnip…

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Pardon my failed attempt at punning the famous Pringles tagline. What I want to do with this post is give you an alternative to crisps for those late-night TV snacks that we all crave when curled up on the couch watching Strictly, Come Dine With Me, the Late, Late Toy show, the darts players championship… you get the picture.

Here is a simple recipe for parsnip crisps – they are soooo tasty, I promise you won’t feel like you are missing out. You can also use potato as an alternative. The trick is to get the parsnip the correct thickness so it will cook through to crispy without burning. Enjoy (guiltlessly!)

For the parsnip crisps:

  • 2 parsnips
  • 1 spoon olive oil
  • salt/pepper (other condiments can also be added)
  1. Preheat the oven to 160°C
  2. Peel the parsnips into thin strips using a veg peeler, discarding the skin.
  3. Place into a freezer bag with the olive oil and salt and pepper, and coat the strips.
  4. Spread them out on baking trays so they don’t overlap (you might need 2-3 baking trays) and bake for 15-20 minutes, turning half way, until crispy and golden.

For the wine:

  • Bottle of wine (red or white depending on preference)
  1. Come home from work tired after a long day.
  2. Start to prepare parsnip crisps as per above.
  3. Suddenly realise that you forgot to get the wine.
  4. Panic!
  5. Remember that partner/friend/house-mate already got the wine.
  6. Relax.
  7. Pour wine.
  8. Serve it all on a wooden board, because that is how all food is served now.

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