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Glazed Parsnips with Sesame Seeds and Maple Syrup

The aroma of parsnips roasting is really irresistible, and the addition of maple syrup simply enhances them even more. So don't be surprised if some of these parsnips get eaten straight from the roasting pan, before they even make it to the plate!


700g parsnips, peeled
Salt and freshly pepper
25g butter
2 tbsp maple syrup
3 tbsp sesame seeds, lightly toasted


1. Preheat oven to 220°C/gas mark 8. Cut the parsnips in half lengthways and in half again. (If you're using older, tougher parsnips, cut into quarters and remove the woody cores.) Add to pan of boiling salted water and par boil for 2 minutes. Drain well.
2. Place the butter and maple syrup in a small pan or microwave and heat gently.
3. Transfer the parsnips to a roasting tin then brush with the maple mixture and season to taste. Cook, shaking the pan frequently, for 30 minutes or until golden brown.
4. Sprinkle over the sesame seeds and return to the oven for 5 minutes. Transfer to a warm serving dish.