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Parsnips with Chestnuts on the Christmas Table
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Caramelised Mustard Roasted Parsnips and Chestnuts

These Caramelised Mustard Roasted Parsnips and Chestnuts are the perfect Christmas side dish. The sugar gives a sticky glaze, and the mustard contrasts brilliantly with the parsnips and chestnuts.

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: christmas, christmas side, side, Side Dish, starter
Cuisine: british, Christmas, Thanksgiving
Keyword: christmas, festive, meat alternative, roast dinner, roast vegetables, roasted veg
Servings: 4
Calories: 207kcal
Author: Vanessa


  • 5 medium parsnips, peeled and chopped in battons
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp wholegrain mustard
  • 2 tbsp coconut palm sugar (or brown sugar)
  • 5 garlic cloves (still in their skin)
  • Handful of cooked chestnuts
  • A few sprigs of fresh thyme (use dry if no fresh)
  • Salt and pepper to taste  


  • Pre-heat oven to 200°C / 400°F / Gas Mark 6.
  • Par-boil the parsnips - place in boiling water for about 5 minutes to allow them to soften a little. Then drain.
  • Put all the ingredients, including the parsnips, in a baking tray and mix thoroughly, making sure the parsnips are fully covered with all the ingredients. 
  • Roast for around  45 minutes, tossing occasionally, or until the edges of the parsnips have browned and they are a bit sticky from the sugar.


Calories: 207kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 117mg | Potassium: 752mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin C: 34mg | Calcium: 81mg | Iron: 1mg