Parsnips essentially look like cream-colored carrots, but they are actually so much more. These sweet root vegetables add an earthy, nutty flavor to dishes and there's no shortage of ways to cook them. "I love that root vegetables are so rustic," says chef Marcus Samuelsson. He sautés his parsnips with sunchokes, garlic and Indian spices before pureeing them into a creamy soup. Parsnips are available year-round but hit their peak once the weather starts getting cold. F&W's guide offers hearty recipes that will make you fall in love with this vegetable.

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Parsnip Mash with Fried Brussels Sprout Leaves

Mashed parsnips might be even better than mashed potatoes. They have the same creamy, luscious texture, with the addition of a distinctly nutty, slightly sweet flavor. Once topped with crispy brussels sprout leaves, this dish becomes 100 percent irresistible. Slideshow: More Parsnip Recipes 

Creamy Parsnip Soup with Smoked Paprika Oil and Toasted Almonds

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This easy-to-make soup is full of comforting flavors and has a lovely contrast in textures, from the silky smoothness of the soup to the crunch of toasted almonds. It's good enough to serve on its own; however, the smokiness of the paprika oil really adds something special. Slideshow: More Healthy Soup Recipes 

Layered Parsnip Cake with Candied Kumquats

It turns out that parsnips, the carrot’s blonde cousins, work just as well for making a perfectly moist cake. This one is both vegan and gluten-free, made with nutrient-rich buckwheat and millet flours, and topped with candied kumquats. Slideshow:  More Gluten-Free Dessert Recipes 


Delicious parsnip recipes, from maple-ginger-roasted vegetables with pecans to parsnip and carrot soup.

Parsnip and Carrot Soup

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Opt for this parsnip and carrot soup when in need of a healthy and warming lunch or dinner.

Parsnip Bacon

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These crisp, salty and smoky vegetable strips are from chef Quinn Hatfield of Hatfield's in L.A. More Amazing Vegetarian Dishes

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Fried Parsnip Ribbons

At Little Giant, Julie Taras and Tasha Garcia usually top stewy braised dishes with these earthy vegetable chips for a bit of crunch. They also serve them at the bar as a salty snack.Plus: More Vegetable Recipes and Tips

Creamed Spinach and Parsnips

This luscious side dish can be prepared up to three days ahead. The duo of sweet parsnip and creamy spinach is unbeatable.Plus: Ultimate Thanksgiving Guide Delicious, Quick Side Dishes