Thanksgiving Recipe: Parsnip Cake

 

As our favorite food holiday swiftly approaches (and unavoidable procrastination persists), we find ourselves constantly reaching into our recipe collection for inspiration. Looking for something new to whip up this year? Whether it's new twists on old favorites or quintessential classics, we've got all your Thanksgiving needs covered. 

 

With only a day left before the great feast, Thanksgiving cooks are often forced to choose between efficiency and creativity. Fortunately, this recipe for parsnip cake allows for both. Delight your diners with this seasonal yet unconventional dessert, which takes advantage of parsnips’ natural sweetness to balance the warming fall spices of cinnamon and nutmeg. Using basic pantry ingredients and with a cooking time of under an hour, this cake will impress without throwing a wrench in your holiday schedule. Get the recipe.

 

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Recipe Roundup: Hibernation Food

Lamb Stew with Parsnips, Bacon, and Fennel

 

As the Longest Winter That Ever Was continues its icy reign throughout much of the country, we're spending a lot of time indoors. We mean: A LOT. And what better way to while away these seemingly endless dark and dreary days than by cooking up a (proverbial, please) storm? These five hibernation-friendly dishes are giving us the will to hang on until spring:

 

 

Lamb Stew with Parsnips, Bacon, and Fennel [JBF]

Serve this hearty, satisfying stew with spaetzle or egg noodles tossed with butter and parsley.

 

Morning Bread Pudding with Salted Caramel [Smitten Kitchen]

Not only will this cross between French toast casserole and tarte tatin give you a reason to get up in the morning, but it's also super easy to... Read more >

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Recipe: Parsnip Cake

Rosiana Tong's parsnip cake, adapted by the James Beard Foundation

 

Parsnip cake doesn't enjoy as high of a profile as its carrot-based cousin does, but it's equally tasty and just as much of a breeze to prepare. This version from Berwyn, Pennsylvania's Nectar uses a fat pinch of baking spices to coax out the earthy sweetness of the grated root vegetables. If you have a food processor and a fine shredder disc, we recommend using them to prep your parsnips. The disc will produce a more delicate cut than a box grater will, and your finished cake will have a more pleasing texture.

 

Get the recipe here. The Nectar team will be cooking at the Beard House on February 8.

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Recipe Roundup: Winter Squash

Paolo Parmeggiani's pumpkin soufflé with Parma chips

 

Although these recipes all call for butternut squash or pumpkin, feel free to substitute any flavorful, orange-fleshed winter squash. We particularly like the Kabocha and Buttercup varieties for their sweetness.

 

Butternut Squash Soup with Curried Pears and Toasted Pecans

Everyone has a favorite butternut squash soup. This one will be yours.

 

Pumpkin Soufflé with Parma Ham Chips

This creamy, prosciutto-topped soufflé contains only eight ingredients (including salt and olive oil) and is super easy to make.

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Recipe: Scallops with Parsnip Purée and Lemon Beurre Monté

scallops-and-parsnip At your next dinner party, impress your guests by whipping up some impressive-sounding but deceptively simple beurre monté. Deemed the workhorse sauce by Thomas Keller, beurre monté is prepared by whisking pieces of butter into hot water to create an emulsion. The sauce gets some extra luxury from lemon juice and truffle oil in this scallop recipe. You’ll wonder why you never tried it before.

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Recipe: Crispy Long Island Duck Breast with Parsnip Purée, Duck Confit, and Spiced Cherry Glaze

duck breast Hector Tice of the Black Duck in New York City served this very apropos duck breast dish at his Beard House luncheon. The luscious parsnip purée is a worthy partner for duck, while the spiced cherry glaze imparts some welcome tang.

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