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Cheese-Topped Carrots and Parsnips

12 Reviews
83% would make this recipe again

Layers of carrots and parsnips, slowly baked in cream and cheese.

English settlers brought the parsnip to North America in the early 1600s but this creamy-white root has never become a favourite in this continent. And yet, it has many fine qualities: It has a pleasantly sweet flavour, especially after the first frost converts its starch to sugar; It can be prepared in several different ways; It is an excellent source of potassium and folic acid; And it is also inexpensive. I hope this recipe will make you appreciate its potential.

Preparation : 10 min Cooking : 1 h 30 min Standing : 10 min Cooking Dish : environ 2000 ml de capacité
390 calories/serving
  • Can be done in advance
  • Can be frozen
  • Easy
  • Gluten Free
  • Nuts & Peanuts Free
  • Halal
  • Kosher
  • Vegetarian
  • Diabetes-friendly
  • Bone-healthy

Ingredients

4 carrots, sliced lengthwise into 3-4 mm thick slices 400 g
3 parsnips, sliced lengthwise into 3-4 mm thick slices 280 g
5 cloves garlic, pressed
1 1/3 cup cream 15% 330 mL
190 g Emmenthal cheese 2 1/4 cups
butter, unsalted, to grease the baking dish
aluminum foil
salt [optional]
ground pepper to taste [optional]

Before you start

A mandolin will make slicing the vegetables easier.

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 175ºC/350ºF. Butter a baking dish.
  2. Prepare the vegetables: Peel the carrots and parsnips, then slice them lengthwise into 3-4 mm thick slices using a mandolin. If you cannot cook the parsnips soon after slicing, put the slices in a bowl of water with some lemon juice to avoid discoloration.
  3. Press the garlic, then put it in a small bowl. Pour in the cream, add salt and pepper, then mix well. Grate the cheese then put in another bowl.
  4. Cover the bottom of the prepared baking dish with a first layer of carrots. Pour a few tablespoons of the cream mixture over the carrots, then cover with grated cheese. Repeat the operation with a parsnip layer and so on, finishing with grated cheese on top. The dish can be filled to the very top, since the layers will be compacted during cooking.
  5. Cover the dish with aluminum foil, then put it in the middle of the oven. Bake for 1 h ½ to 2 h, depending on the quantity of the vegetables and the size of the dish. Take out the cover during the last 15 min to allow for a nice crust.
  6. Let the gratin stand 10 min before cutting and serving it.

Remarks

This dish can be made a few days ahead and reheated before serving.

Nutrition Facts Table

per 1 Serving (280g)

Amount

% Daily Value

Calories

390

Fat

25 g

39 %

Saturated 15.7 g
+ Trans 0 g

78 %

Cholesterol

80 mg

Sodium

190 mg

8 %

Carbohydrate

26 g

9 %

Fibre

4 g

17 %

Sugars

8 g

Protein

17 g

Vitamin A

130 %

Vitamin C

29 %

Calcium

46 %

Iron

6 %

Servings of Canada's Food Guide

1 serving of this recipe is equivalent to :
Vegetables and Fruits : 2 ¼ servings
Grain Products : 0 serving
Milk and Alternatives : 1 ¾ servings
Meat and Alternatives : 0 serving

Claims

This recipe is :
Low  :
Sodium
Source of  :
Copper, Iron, Vitamin B1, Vitamin C
Good source of  :
Fibre, Magnesium, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Selenium, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B6, Vitamin D, Vitamin E
Excellent source of  :
Calcium, Folacin, Manganese, Phosphorus, Potassium, Vitamin A, Vitamin B12, Vitamin K, Zinc
Free  :
Added Sugar
Diet-related health claims  :
Bone-healthy

DIABETES Exchange

1 serving of this recipe is equivalent to :
Food Group Exchanges
Starches ½
Vegetables 1 ½
Meat and Alternatives 1 ½
Fats 5

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12 Reviews (9 with rating only ) 83% would make this recipe again
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rlink
march 03, 2010 | I would make this recipe again

I've never made a gratin before so maybe I'm giving this recipe undue credit but this was the most amazing dish I've ever cooked! It only took a little over an hour to cook and the assembly is so quick I had no problem preparing it for a weeknight dinner. I used cheddar cheese (because it's what I had) and half and half instead of cream (to lighten the calories just a little) and it turned out great. This is truly dinner party worthy food.

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CharlieTrotter
march 02, 2009 | I would make this recipe again

I would give this recipe 6/5 if I could: Absolutely outstanding. Yes, it does take 1 1/2 to 2 hours in the oven. So what? The final result is well worth the wait.

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strivingveg
february 28, 2009

This recipe is not one that I would make on a weeknight. Even though the preparation time was short, it took a long time to bake. After all the time it served as a side dish. I will say that it was tasty and a good complement to a salad.

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rlink
march 03, 2010 | I would make this recipe again

I've never made a gratin before so maybe I'm giving this recipe undue credit but this was the most amazing dish I've ever cooked! It only took a little over an hour to cook and the assembly is so quick I had no problem preparing it for a weeknight dinner. I used cheddar cheese (because it's what I had) and half and half instead of cream (to lighten the calories just a little) and it turned out great. This is truly dinner party worthy food.

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CharlieTrotter
march 02, 2009 | I would make this recipe again

I would give this recipe 6/5 if I could: Absolutely outstanding. Yes, it does take 1 1/2 to 2 hours in the oven. So what? The final result is well worth the wait.

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strivingveg
february 28, 2009

This recipe is not one that I would make on a weeknight. Even though the preparation time was short, it took a long time to bake. After all the time it served as a side dish. I will say that it was tasty and a good complement to a salad.

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