Parsley Root Fries (with Roasted Tomato Ketchup)

Woot, woot, parsley root! I’m pretty sure you know parsley, but did you know that there’s something delicious lurking underneath that bushy bunch of greens? It’s the root, and by golly you can eat that part too. Although not as common as other root veggies, parsley root is extremely delicious (and healthy)! The flavour of parsley root is kind of like an herb-y potato, which is why it makes such a lovely fry indeed. Parsley root may not get completely crispy in the oven, but they certainly make some darn fine, tasty (and satieting) fries!

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Serves 2-3

Note: If you cannot find parsley root, this recipe is delicious with parsnips and celery root (celeriac).

Ingredients

  • 3 -4 large parsley roots
  • 1 tbs extra virgin olive oil
  • Freshly ground sea salt and black pepper
  • Optional: Fresh rosemary

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
    Peel roots and cut them into french-fry sized sticks (the thinner, the crispier they will be).
  • Toss with some oil, a few pinches of salt, pepper (and fresh rosemary if desired).
  • Roast for 20 minutes, toss, and place back in the oven for another 5-10 minutes until golden on the edges with crispy ends and a tender center.
  • Serve immediately with Roasted Tomato Ketchup.

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Easy Peasy Roasted Tomatoes Ketchup

Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

  • 30 cherry tomatoes (or 10 medium-sized tomatoes)
  • Sea salt & freshly ground pepper
  • 1 large onion, quartered
  • 3 cloves garlic, unpeeled
  • 1/2 tsp bay lave powder
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • Pinch of chili flakes
  • 1/8 cup balsamic vinegar
  • Apple cider vinegar to taste

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Directions

  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Wash tomatoes (and when using normal tomatoes, cut in half).
  • Place on a lined baking sheet, together with the garlic gloves and onion.
  • Place in oven and roast for 25-30 minutes or so (until tomatoes are caramelized and fragrant).
  • Peel the roasted garlic gloves.
  • Place tomatoes, onion and garlic, bay leave powder, coriander, chiliflakes and balsamic vinegar in a food processor and blend on high to puree.
  • Season with salt & pepper to taste. If it is not tangy enough, add a few teaspoons of apple cider vinegar.
  • Once the ketchup has slightly cooled, pour into a clean glass container and store in the fridge for a week.
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Health Benefits of Parsley Roots

  • Ease digestion
  • Detoxify the body
  • Tonify the lungs and spleen.
  • Strong diuretic properties.
  • Beneficial for urinary tract disorders, stones in the kidneys and bladder, nephritis, as well as for the adrenal and thyroid glands.
  • And, nature provides us with what we need at just the right time of year: parsley root is an excellent blood-building food that is also warming to combat the winter chills.
  •  Key nutrients in parsley root: Vitamin A, E, C, calcium, iron, potassium, phosphorous, and magnesium.