Parsnip Confit with Pickled Currants

Parsnip Confit with Pickled Currants


Photo By Michael Graydon & Nikole Herriott, Prop Styling By Kalen Kaminski, Food Styling By Rebecca Jurkevich

yield: 8 SERVINGS 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 1/2 lb. parsnips, peeled, halved lengthwise, quartered if large, woody core removed if large
  • 2 heads of garlic, halved crosswise
  • 1 (4″) piece ginger, scrubbed, sliced lengthwise into 1/8″-thick planks
  • 3 large sprigs rosemary, divided, plus 1 Tbsp. rosemary leaves for serving
  • 1 Tbsp. plus 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 3 cups COOC certified EVOO
  • 1/2 cup dried currants
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp. Aleppo-style pepper

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 300°F. Combine parsnips, garlic, ginger, 2 rosemary sprigs, and 1 Tbsp. salt in a rectangular 3-qt. baking dish; turn garlic cut side down. Pour EVOO over and roast 35 minutes. Remove from oven; turn parsnips over. Return to oven and roast until a knife easily slides through flesh, 30–40 minutes. Let cool slightly.
  2. Meanwhile, bring currants, sugar, 1/2 cup vinegar, remaining 1 tsp. salt, remaining rosemary sprig, and 1/4 cup water to a boil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Reduce heat and simmer, swirling pan occasionally, until reduced by three-quarters. Transfer to a small bowl and stir in Aleppo-style pepper, 1 Tbsp. parsnip confit oil, and remaining 1 Tbsp. vinegar.
  3. Remove parsnips from oil, letting excess drip back into baking dish, and place on a rimmed baking sheet. Pluck out garlic and set aside for serving. Strain oil through a fine-mesh sieve into an airtight container; discard aromatics. Cover and reserve oil for another use.
  4. Heat a large skillet, preferably cast iron, over medium-high. Working in batches, arrange parsnips in skillet in a single layer and cook, turning occasionally, until golden brown and charred in spots, about 4 minutes per batch. (Alternatively, you can broil them, turning halfway through, 10–12 minutes.) Transfer to a platter and spoon currant sauce over. Top with reserved garlic and rosemary leaves.

Do Ahead

  1. Parnsips can be cooked in EVOO 1 week ahead. Let cool completely; cover and chill. Reheat in oil in a 300°F oven before browning. Currants can be pickled 1 week ahead; cover and chill.
All images and text Epicurious (adapted by COOC).

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