Recipe 4 – Parsnip gratin

A nice substitute for potato gratin

Parsnip gratin plated

Today’s recipe is for people who enjoy parsnips. Not everyone likes this vegetable, and I can understand why. It hat quite a distinct flavor, but I definitely enjoy it. This recipe is a nice substitute for a potato gratin and would work very well together with any piece of meat or fish. I served it with a couple of slices of Black Forest ham (Schwarzwaldschinken) and a side salad. Really tasty!
Parsnips, onion and parsley

Parsnip gratin

Cooking time including preparation: Around 45 minutes
Portions: 4


  • 1/2 kg parsnips
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 coffee cup* grated cheese
  • 3 tbsp chopped parsley
  • 1 coffee cup* cream
  • 1 tbsp bread crumbs
  • butter or margarine
  • a little salt

*Note that the old Swedish measure called coffee cup is equivalent of ca 1.5 dl and not the same as a U.S. cup.
Milk and grated cheese


Turn on your oven at 200°C.
Salting parsnip
Peel and cut the parsnips in cubes or slices. Boil them for a few minutes in lightly salted water. Put the pieces in a buttered, ovenproof form.
Fried onions
Slice the onion and fry it in some butter or margarine until soft.
Chopped parsley
Sprinkle the grated cheese, the onion and the parsley on top of the parsnip.
Pour cream over gratin
Pour over the cream, sprinkle over the bread crumbs and add a few knobs of butter.
Parsnip gratin in form
Bake in the oven until it turns golden brown (ca 15-20 minutes).
Parsnip gratin served
The original recipe:

Update on my no-consumption experiment

I almost forgot one thing. I promised to give you an update on how my no-consumption experiment went. Fairly well I must say. I made exceptions from it one day to visit a castle and some caves. I also decided to take a small amount from my PayPal account to donate money to the Tierheim Pforzheim – an organization helping animals that have been abandoned or need a new home for other reasons.

In total I spent the following outside of my “food only” regime:

  • 9V battery for my bass, to be able to play a gig: €6.45
  • Entrance fee Schloss Lichtenstein: €7.00
  • Entrance fee Nebelhöhle: €4.00
  • Donation Tierheim Pforzheim: €10.00

That makes a total of €27.45 and I would not have wanted to be without the visits to the castle and the caves. The donation also felt right since I know it reaches an organization needing money right now for building a new quarantine.

So what do you guys say? Did I manage OK or did I fail?

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