Roasted Parsnips with Thyme
I ate parsnips for the first time only a few weeks ago, when I bought a big old bag of mixed root vegetables and roasted the hell out of them. I had no idea what some of the vegetables were (can YOU identify celeriac by sight?) but one veggie really stood out to to me: parsnips! The roasted flavor of parsnips is so deliciously smoky-sweet, like a carrot that is naturally gourmet.
Parsnips are pretty ugly, though. They're a light brown color and kind of bent and misshapen, like an old man with a bad back. Don't be fooled by their ugly exterior, however; parsnips are such an perfect, easy side dish, especially in the fall and winter (when they're in season).