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Cola-Candied Parsnips (w/ orange peel and star anise)

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Cola-Candied Parsnips (w/ orange peel and star anise)

Parsnips are a funny thing and no two are the same. They’re irregularly large on top and then taper to a peculiar tail on the bottom. It’s this originality that can make writing instructions on slicing them a little tricky. But, you want each slice to be roughly the same thickness, and by no means too big. If you’re having trouble, just imagine it on your plate: When baked, would it fold effortlessly into your mouth once it’s been baked and candied for over and hour or, or poke your eye out in the process? 

Why I Use...

Cola: Classically, candied parsnips are usually made with a mixture of brown sugar and butter, but I love the flavour of cola when it’s reduced down to a sticky syrup in this dish. It works beautiful and adds a hit of nostalgia too!

Ingredients

 3 lbs parsnips
 355 ml ColaNothing diet! A can of Coke Classic (or Pepsi) or a cane sugar classic-style cola will do
 ½ cup plant-based butter
 5-6 strips of orange peel
 juice of one orange
 3 pods of star aniseoptional but recommended
 generous dash of sea salt
 generous dash of freshly ground black pepper

Note:

If you decide to make them a day or two before hand, just add them back to the oven (covered) at 420 for a good 10 minutes before serving.

Instructions

1

Pre-heat oven to 400 F

2

Peel parsnips.

3

Cut each one in half cross-wise to separate the top from the bottom.

4

Working lengthwise, Cut each top half into 8 equal sticks.

5

Cut each bottom section into 2-4 sticks (we want them to resemble the same size as the other 8)

6

Add to large baking dish and top with melted butter, cola, orange juice, orange peel, star anise pods, salt and pepper. Toss to coat.

7

Bake for 90 minutes or so, stirring a few times throughout, until juice has reduced to a sticky consistency and parsnips are tender,

8

Turn oven to a broil and let parsnips gain a dark colour on edges for a couple minutes.

9

Season again with salt and pepper before serving warm.

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