We had our first frosty morning of the winter here in Bristol, so we thought we just had to blog about parsnips! (That makes sense, honest…) Not only are parsnips arguably the best part of a roast dinner, they make a great companion to pork chops, chicken, lamb… if you’re roasting some potatoes at this time of year, you might as well chuck in a parsnip! We’re also roasting some celeriac, which has the most incredible flavour – describing it as “a bit like celery” is insulting really – it’s much more than that! This dish has some bold flavours going on – mustard, parsnip, celeriac and nutmeg – but they’re a perfect hearty and comforting combination with the cold nights upon us.
Ingredients for 2 people:
- 150 g new potatoes
- 2 medium/1 large parsnip
- 1/2 celeriac
- Couple of sprigs of thyme (or about a tsp dried)
- 3-4 sage leaves
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 pork chops
- 2 tbsp mustard (we used 1 tbsp Dijon and 1 tbsp wholegrain)
- Small cabbage
- 200 ml chicken stock
- 1/4 whole nutmeg
- Black pepper
Preheat your oven to 180 °C. Chop up your potato, parsnip and celeriac into ~3cm chunks (smaller if you want them to cook quicker). Put the potatoes in a pan of water, bring them to the boil and simmer for about 5 minutes. Put 1 tbsp of the olive oil into a roasting dish and place in the oven to heat up for about 5 minutes. While the potatoes are parboiling and the dish is heating up, take the leaves off your sprigs of thyme. After the potatoes have been boiling for around 5 minutes throw in the parsnip and celeriac and let it boil for another minute or so. When everything is ready, add the potato, parsnip, celeriac, sage leaves and thyme to the roasting dish and admire the sizzle! Whack it in the oven for about 45 minutes.
To make the mustard topping for your pork, simply mix together your mustard and the remaining olive oil. Smear a thick layer of this onto each pork chop – if you’re not a fan of mustard you can skip this step or choose not to eat the mustard, but we wolfed it down! When the vegetables have about 15 minutes left, take the roasting dish out and place the pork on top of the veg, with the mustard facing upwards. Place back in the oven for the remaining cooking time.
Slice the cabbage thinly, and add it to a wok or large saucepan with some melted butter in it. Add the chicken stock and grate in the nutmeg and a few cracks of black pepper. Keep it moving until it’s cooked – it should be finished along with everything else.
Now plate yourself up a tasty, hearty, full-flavoured meal! We enjoyed ours with a glass of red wine, perfect after a hard day’s work or as a lovely weekend treat.