Sautéed Parsnips with White Wine and Thyme

A classy yet stand-out side dish, these sautéed parsnips are flavored with wine, butter, and thyme. They’re the perfect addition to any meal – especially Thanksgiving!

A classy yet stand-out side dish, these sautéed parsnips are flavored with wine, butter, and thyme. They're the perfect addition to any meal - especially Thanksgiving! Get the easy recipe on RachelCooks.com!

Arguably, not the prettiest food in the world. But parsnips are one of my favorite things — they have such a unique, unforgettable flavor. They’re the perfect unexpected ingredient in soups and other dishes like pasta, but they shine on their own. My mom once made parsnip cupcakes and they were AMAZING. Looking through my parsnips archives, it has become clear that they need to make an appearance here more frequently! Those are all such old (and ugly!) recipes.

Quick side note because we need to talk about Halloween for a minute. Last year my little spiderman, N, who was 2 at the time, ended up in the ER with an allergic reaction. Before we even had the chance to do any trick-or-treating. We’re still not 100% sure, but we think a sesame seed probably made its way onto a breadstick that he was eating.

So, this year, my primary goal was to NOT spend Halloween in the ER. Seems reasonable, right?

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I’m happy to say that we were successful! The kids had an absolutely blast with their cousins. The weather was perfect and everyone had so much fun. We’re loving living closer to family and spending more time with everyone.

Now, with Halloween under our belts, it’s time to shift the focus to Thanksgiving! Hooray! I can’t wait to fill our new home with the smell of a a roasting turkey, sage and other herbs, sweet potatoes, and PIE.

A classy yet stand-out side dish, these sautéed parsnips are flavored with wine, butter, and thyme. They're the perfect addition to any meal - especially Thanksgiving! Get the easy recipe on RachelCooks.com!

I’m thinking these sautéed parsnips will make an appearance on our Thanksgiving table. I’m the type that believes that you can never have too many vegetables. Something for everyone, you know? Or just a whole bunch of choices for me.

Truthfully, I could stick to stuffing and vegetables and skip the turkey all together. Am I allowed to say that? Maybe I’m a closet vegetarian. Just don’t leave the bacon out of the green bean casserole.

A classy yet stand-out side dish, these sautéed parsnips are flavored with wine, butter, and thyme. They're the perfect addition to any meal - especially Thanksgiving! Get the easy recipe on RachelCooks.com!

PS: My slow cooker stuffing has become an absolutely necessity for Thanksgiving – I love that it frees up space in the oven and never gets too dry.

Sautéed Parsnips with White Wine and Thyme

A classy yet stand-out side dish, these sautéed parsnips are flavored with wine, butter, and thyme. They’re the perfect addition to any meal – especially Thanksgiving!

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Ingredients:

  • 4 large parsnips, cut into 1/4 inch slices
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter plus 1 teaspoon, divided
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/3 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

Directions:

  1. Melt butter and olive oil over medium heat. Add parsnips, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and cover. Cook for 5 minutes covered.
  2. Stir, cover again and cook for an additional 5 minutes
  3. Uncover, increase temperature to medium-high and cook until parsnips are tender and browned.
  4. Add wine and continue to cook until wine is almost completely reduced. Add 1 teaspoon butter and melt, sprinkle with dried thyme.
  5. Serve immediately.
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Verdict: I loved the taste of the parsnips with the white wine and thyme. It’s a comforting and warm way to enjoy parsnips.
Husband’s take: No complaints from him – I think he even went back for seconds. My mom loved these too.
Changes I would make: None are necessary.
Difficulty: Easy!

A classy yet stand-out side dish, these sautéed parsnips are flavored with wine, butter, and thyme. They're the perfect addition to any meal - especially Thanksgiving! Get the easy recipe on RachelCooks.com!
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3 comments

  1. I just read somewhere that “white” vegetables are not to be ignored! They are very nutritious and include parsnips (of course), mushrooms, kohlrabi, jicama, and cauliflower. I’m sure there are others.
    Thanks, Rach, for posting this yummy recipe. I think I would add just a bit more butter, though, to counteract all that healthfulness :)

  2. Parsnips are my favorite vegetable. And I’d never eaten one until I met my husband and lived in England. Isn’t that crazy? Normally we roast them after tossing them in a little oil, salt, pepper and rosemary, and then drizzle with honey in the last few minutes of cooking. But I’m always looking for a new way to enjoy them, and this gives me a reason to open a bottle of wine! Hooray for that. :D

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