Parsnip Crisps recipe

Preparation Time: 20 minutes | Cooking Time: 25 minutes

In this recipe, mashed parsnips are mixed with a creamy white sauce and breadcrumbs, then fried until golden and crisp. Serve them as an alternative to roast potatoes, orr with your favourite salsa as a yummy snack.


  • 500g parsnips
  • 1 small onion
  • 3 tbsp. butter
  • 2 tbsp. plain flour
  • 250ml milk
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. each garlic powder and paprika
  • 70g breadcrumbs
  • Oil to fry


  1. Dice the parsnips and place into a pan of cold salted water. Bring to a simmer and cook for 10-15 minutes until tender. Drain, place into a bowl and mash until smooth using a potato masher. Set to one side.

  2. Finely dice the onion. Heat butter in a large frying pan and add the onion. Fry until soft and sweet, around 5 minutes. Add the flour and stir, cooking for 3-4 minutes until it forms a golden paste. Gradually stir in the milk, stirring constantly until you have a smooth mixture. Stir in salt, pepper, garlic and paprika. Stir in the breadcrumbs.

  3. Add the parsnip to the white sauce and stir to combine. Using your hands (you may want to dust them with flour to make this easier) form the mixture into small round fritters.

  4. Heat oil in a frying pan. Fry the parsnip fritters on either side for 5 minutes or until golden brown and piping hot.

To make the fritters extra crispy, once made, dip them first into flour, then egg, then more breadcrumbs - this will add an extra layer of crispiness. Recipe serves 4.

Recipe Details:

  • Author: Laura Young.
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