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Buttery smooth parsnips, delicately sweetened with apples, caramelized onions, and nutmeg, with lemon and pepper seasoning, make a delicious complement to poultry or spiced fish entrees. Casserole can be prepared up to one day in advance, just cover and refrigerate before baking. Leftovers are great reheated in the morning as a side to eggs with biscuits and sausage gravy.


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20 mins
55 mins
1 hr 15 mins
1 9-inch pie


Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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  • Combine broth, water, parsnips, garlic, bay leaf, thyme, salt, and pepper in a large pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer, cover partially, and cook until parsnips are tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Drain and transfer to a large bowl.

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Coat a 9-inch glass pie plate with 1 tablespoon butter.

  • Add 1/2 cup butter, nutmeg, and lemon rind to the bowl with the parsnips. Use an electric mixer to beat until mixed thoroughly but still slightly chunky. Transfer mixture to the prepared pie plate.

  • Melt remaining butter in a large, heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and saute until translucent and beginning to brown, about 10 minutes. Spread onion evenly over parsnip mixture.

  • Place apple slices in a bowl and add a squeeze of lemon juice; toss to coat. Spread apple slices evenly over onion. Season with additional lemon juice, nutmeg, and pepper.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until heated through and top is beginning to crisp, about 25 minutes.

Cook's Notes:

You can use a Macintosh apple in place of the Granny Smith apple, if you prefer.

You can use vegetable broth in place of the chicken broth.

You can add 1/2 cup shaved Parmesan or Cheddar cheese as a last-minute topping before serving warm. Or, add 2 tablespoons brown sugar and 1/4 teaspoon fresh ginger before baking for a candied parsnips version.

Nutrition Facts

211 calories; protein 2.9g; carbohydrates 12.9g; fat 17.8g; cholesterol 48mg; sodium 211.4mg. Full Nutrition