As you may know, I just recovered from a cold.
On the first day, I couldn’t get out of bed to make myself anything, so I had to subject myself to canned soup. I always have Amy’s minestrone and vegetable soup in my pantry, for emergencies.
Once I had the strength to truly feed myself, I FreshDirected myself some gluten-free matzoh meal to make matzoh ball soup, the true cure for any and all sicknesses, like Windex is to Toula’s father in My Big Fat Greek Wedding.
After I cooked myself some matzoh ball soup, I used the leftovers in these parsnip latkes to add that crispness.
Actually, I used a totally new “frying” method for these latkes: oven baked frying. It’s less work than frying in a skillet, I think. I tend to burn everything I make in a skillet and that’s primarily because I use olive oil instead of canola/vegetable oils (which have a high frying point and are best for frying.)
With these oven “frying” you basically heat up the oil on a baking sheet for 10 minutes. This heated oil sizzles when you add the latke mixture and gives it that crisp, golden fried color.
Just after 15-20 minutes, you’re almost done – one side of your latke is golden brown and all you need to do is flip, cook for 10 more minutes and then transfer to a paper towel lined sheet to let excess oil drip off.
If you do cook these latkes on the skillet, I suggest using my “Inspiralized Bun” method, which you can find in this video.
Otherwise, these oven “fried” parsnip latkes are perfect for your next Jewish holiday OR for those of you who aren’t Jewish, they’re perfect served alongside applesauce as a quick breakfast or paired with a protein, as a side dish.
The parsnips are nutty and slightly sweet and as a root vegetable, are healthy and clean-eating friendly! Parsnips are high in dietary fiber, so they fill you up, nourish and satisfy the tastebuds.
Also, don’t be afraid by the 1/4 cup of olive oil – not all of it gets used, I’d say about half of it gets used in the final oven-frying of the parsnips!
How would you pair these parsnip latkes?