Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Smoked paprika parsnip chips

I've been trying to expand the old vegetable roster around here and last week ran into some gorgeous, gorgeous photos of wide slivers of parsnips roasted to a toasty finish. Where, you might ask. Gosh, darn it if I know. No clue. I've wasted countless hours scouring the interwebs in search… to no avail. Perhaps I only dreamed of such beauty. During said scouring, however, this rendition of parsnip chips caught my eye. 
Now mind you, I don't like BBQ potato chips one bit. I always think I will and if someone has a bag, it seems predetermined that I snag a handful just to be sure I haven't change my mind. I haven't. But if they tasted anything like these babies, I would in a heartbeat. Smoky, sassy, parsnip-ity, perfect.   

Smoked Paprika Parsnip Chips
Adapted from
2 large parsnips
1-2 Tbsp olive oil, depending on size of parsnips
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
1 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
Sea salt, to taste

Preheat oven to 350ºF. 

Scrub parsnips clean and trim both ends. (Nope, didn't even peel 'em.) Thinly slice into rounds. (A mandolin would probably make this a breeze, but the old knife did a fine job.)

Toss sliced parsnips with olive oil, vinegar and paprika. Spread in as close to a single layer as you can on a large rimmed baking sheet (Don't worry about a little overlap — these puppies shrink). 

Bake for 25-30 minutes until edges are browned and curling and chips are crispy. Sprinkle with sea salt to taste.

Even better dipped in my new favorite dressing that I've been slathering on everything: salads, chips, finger.


  1. Oh, mama... those look delish! And, your new favorite dressing, I just read that recipe in my bon appetit magazine that i got in the mail yesterday and was thinking YUM, so I'm glad to know it's good!

  2. oh my, those look amazing!! what a great idea!! i've been meaning to get some smoked paprika, now i definitely need to find some!

  3. These look SO good! I love smoked paprika (especially on kale), can't wait to try it out with this recipe!

  4. Ooooh! On kale sounds yummy, Bethany — I'll have to try! Try the smoked paprika, Megan — you'll be hooked! Cheryl, the dressing is so easy and yet knock your sox off. Yum!