Roast parsnips with blackberries, honey chicory & rye flakes

Roast parsnips with blackberries, honey chicory & rye flakes

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Serves
4
Photographer
Andrew Montgomery

The last of autumn’s blackberries are ripe, salacious and full of flavour. Once all the berries are picked, the bramble retires back into the hedgerow, unnoticed and still for winter. It’s easy to forget then how productive this thorny weed really is. In this gorgeous, colourful salad, I tumble the berries through a tray of roasted early winter parsnips, where they burst in the hot honey and olive oil, and are cut through by the bitterness of red chicory. A scattering of rye flakes adds a nutty crunch, which I really love. This is a real River Cottage favourite.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
4 parsnips, quartered lengthways and cored
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 heaped tablespoons rye flakes
2 teaspoons dijon mustard
1 tablespoon runny honey
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
2-3 thyme sprigs
2-3 rosemary sprigs
100g blackberries
1 firm red chicory, leaves separated
salt
freshly ground black pepper

Method

  1. Heat the oven to 180°C.
  2. Place the parsnip quarters in large roasting tray. Combine the olive oil, rye flakes, Dijon mustard, honey and cider vinegar in a bowl and season generously with salt and pepper. Mix well, then pour mixture over the parsnips and tumble them to coat thoroughly. Tear over the thyme and rosemary, then place the roasting tray in the oven and roast the parsnips for 40–45 minutes, turning once or twice with a spatula, until they are tender in the middle and crisp and caramelized on the outside
  3. Remove the parsnips from the oven, then scatter the blackberries and chicory leaves over them. Set aside to cool for 5–10 minutes, then serve as a warm salad with fresh bread, or as an accompaniment to good sausages, duck, or pork chops.
Tags:
River Cottage
seasonal
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