Parsnips are naturally sweet. This simple recipe caramelizes the parsnips and enhances the sweetness. It uses very few ingredients and cooks up fast.


  • 1 pound parsnips
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper


Scrape or peel the parsnips then cut them into sticks about the size of your little finger. Dry well with paper toweling.

In a heavy 10-inch skillet, melt the butter; then add the parsnips, shaking to coat. Sprinkle with nutmeg. Cover tightly and saute on medium heat for about 5 to 10 minutes. The parsnips should be tender and gooey, and slightly carmelized. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Yield: 4 servings

Recipe Source: 500 Treasured Country Recipes by Martha Storey & Friends (Storey Books)