Parsnip Puree with Vanilla
Parsnips have a sweet, earthy flavor that actually gets better if they've been left in the ground until the first frost. This simple recipe lets their natural goodness shine through. A little good quality vanilla acts as a flavor "potentiator, subtly boosting the flavor of the parsnips while remaining inconspicuously in the background.
Everyone loves this dish, but no one is ever able to figure out the "secret ingredient"!
Put the parsnips in a saucepan with the salt and just enough water to cover them. Bring to a boil and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes or until tender and two thirds of the water has evaporated.
Put the parsnips and remaining liquid in a food processor with the butter and vanilla and puree until just smooth. Do not overprocess.
Season to taste with sea salt and freshly ground white pepper.
Cover and set aside to rest for a few minutes before serving (the parsnip flavor will improve).