Gjelina's Roasted Parsnips w/ Hazelnut Picada

Oh wow, that's all I have to say about this dish.

This is probably the most delicious vegetable side dish I have ever tried.

I finally opened the new Gjelina cookbook, and it is beautiful. Tons of beautiful vegetables and grain dishes to wow me.

I wish I had received this cookbook before Thanksgiving, because I would have served these gorgeous 'snips during the holidays. This will be my go to vegetable side from now on.

You know how I feel about parsnips.

They are big, spicy white carrot things, and the smell is intoxicating when you peel them.

So of course, to christen the book, I started with this simple parsnip dish with hazelnut picada.
Think breadcrumbs and nuts, like a pangrattato (as if we all know what picada and pangrattato is!).

I took some shortcuts, because the long version seemed silly.
Instead of pan roasting the parsnips, then finishing in oven, I just roasted them, and they came out caramelized and beautiful.

And instead of making a garlic confit, I just grated a tiny clove of garlic into some olive oil.

*You can make garlic croutons by toasting up some bread slices, mixed w/ dried herbs, garlic powder and olive oil. It really works. You can even make them in the toaster oven.
That is usually how I make my garlic croutons for my Caesar salad. You crush them with a rolling in, or back of a drinking glass, and they make a fantastic dried bread crumb.

Let's begin, shall we?

Roasted Parsnips from Gjelina w/ Hazelnut Picada: (adapted from the Gjelina Cookbook)

1 lb. (I used more than that, I used about 8), medium sized parsnips, peeled and cut into French fry size
olive oil
kosher salt
juice of half a lemon

For the picada:

1/2 cup of hazelnuts, toasted, and coarsely chopped
big handful of crumbled garlic croutons (*see my note up top)
1 tsp grated lemon zest
2 tbsp freshly chopped flat leaf parsley
1 tbsp olive oil
1 very small garlic clove, grated on a zester
black pepper

Lay your cut up parsnips on a baking sheet and drizzle with some olive oil and season with kosher salt.

Roast in a 400F oven for 15 minutes. Make sure they are not burning.
Turn them over with a spatula to brown the other side, about another 8 minutes, depending on the thickness of your parsnips.
Thin slices cook VERY quickly, so keep an eye on them at all times.

While the parsnips are roasting, make the picada.

Add all the ingredients to a bowl and mix together. If it seems dry, add a little bit more olive oil.
Season with a pinch of sea salt & black pepper. Set aside.

When the parsnips are done, transfer them to a bowl.

Spoon on the picada and squeeze w/ the fresh lemon juice.

Serve immediately.

I could eat the whole bowl!


Bebe said…
I make my own seasoned dry bread crumbs by saving the ends of bread (we use whole wheat), crushing them and mixing them with a dried herb and garlic mix. So much better than anything commercially offered. Your way sounds splendid for times when I don’t have enough of my dried loaf ends.

I have never knowingly eaten a parsnip. Time to try. This sounds wonderful.
joan nova said…
I was drooling when i saw your post on FB and can't wait to try this. I like you took a common sense approach to the workflow and I'm thinking I'd take it one step more and use wheat panko crumbs. What do you think?
Anonymous said…

Could you be any cuter??

I checked out the restaurant/cookbook (after messing up the bizarre spelling of the name a million times) and boy, would I like to eat on location. I love how you can fashion your own size/type of meal. And going all veg would be a snap.

A 'snip snap. :o)

It looks as if this dish has been altered to 'snips & pistachios on the menu posted online.

That would work, but hazelnuts are so much more assertive and characteristic in flavor.

A coupla people on Amazon complained that all the food looked *burnt* in the cookbook. So weird! Is that so, or were these reviewers taking crazy pills?


I only have peeled parsnips for soup stock.

The smell is so bracing and fresh - almost astringent.

Like, I could imagine it being used in some bearded hipster's new fangled kitchen cleaning spray. Non-toxic, organic, doesn't-really-work.

Or a wacky parsnip perfumed soap.

Stacey Snacks said…

I think you could use panko, why not? However, the oily garlic herb croutons I made sent this dish over the top.......you could even buy packaged croutons and crush them? It's all good.


Ciao Chow Linda said…
I think I've cooked parsnips only once in my life and I can't remember what they tasted like. You have me wanting to get some asap for this recipe!
Anonymous said…
I made your salmon last night and just bought parsnips for this for dinner tomorrow. Is there a better name for me than recipe stalker? BTW, the salmon was great!
Patsy said…
Wow and yum. Otherwise, speechless!
This looks wonderful! I love parsnips but haven't prepared them in a while, so I will be trying this for sure.
You know that all your recipes look so great and absolutely tasty! I'm sure they're all so delicious, If I just had more time I could cook such great things, too.((