I harvested my parsnips last week.
I ended up with quite a nice crop, best one yet.
The first use was in a bread pudding I made for Thanksgiving, and it was one of our favorite sides (although nothing ever compares to the sweet potato casserole).
The bread pudding would also be good for a brunch, so I don’t feel the need to save it solely for a Thanksgiving dish. So I might as well go ahead and post it now.
Roasted Parsnip Bread Pudding
from Martha Stewart
Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
1 ounce (2 tablespoons) unsalted butter, plus 1 1/2 ounces (3 tablespoons), melted, plus more for dish
2 large leeks, white and pale-green parts only, halved lengthwise, thinly sliced, and rinsed well (about 3 cups)
1/3 cup dry white wine
2 tsp chopped dried thyme (from the garden)
2 cups heavy cream
5 large eggs
1 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
1 loaf (12 ounces) brioche, crust removed and bread cut into 1-inch cubes
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Drizzle parsnips with oil, and season with salt and pepper. Arrange on a rimmed baking sheet. Roast, shaking occasionally, until caramelized and tender, 23 to 25 minutes. Let cool. Reduce heat to 375.
Heat 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat in a medium saute pan until melted. Add leeks, and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat; add wine, and return to heat. Let simmer until reduced, 1 minute. Add thyme, and remove from heat. Stir in roasted parsnips.
Whisk together melted butter, heavy cream, eggs, and 3/4 cup Parmesan in a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Add leek-parsnip mixture, then fold in bread.Butter a shallow 2-quart baking dish, and pour parsnip mixture into dish. (Mixture can be refrigerated overnight.)
Cover loosely with parchment, then foil, and bake until golden brown and puffed, 50 minutes. Remove parchment and foil. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan, and return to oven. Bake for 10 minutes more.
Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.