If there is one phrase which sums up spending Saturday night at home in your twenties, it’s FOMO (fear of missing out). As an addict of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, the decision to have a quiet night in is faced with a barrage of photos of everyone you know having the best time ever in an array of locations that don’t involve their sofa.As my twenties creep to a close, the battle with FOMO is slowly being won by the need to catch up on sleep and save money (my 22 year old self would have snorted with derision at this). That doesn’t mean I can’t make a night in as just as detrimental to my health and waistline as a night on the town. This dish is the kind of dangerously unhealthy thing I can’t justify making on a regular basis, but every now and again, when I want a treat, this is the way to go. This should serve four as a small side dish.
- 750g parsnips, peeled and very thinly sliced
- 1 large white onion
- 3 cloves of garlic, roughly chopped into large pieces
- a few sprigs of thyme
- 10 peppercorns
- 250ml cream
- a pinch of nutmeg
- Butter, for greasing the dish
- Butter a medium sized gratin dish or any oven safe dish.
- Heat the cream with the garlic, thyme, peppercorns, and nutmeg until it’s starting to boil then leave to infuse for 10 minutes.
- Layer the onion and the parsnips in the dish.
- Season the cream and pour over the parsnips.
- Bake at 200C for 30-40 minutes while wrapped in tinfoil, checking with a fork after 30.
- You want the parsnips to be al dente.
- Cook uncovered for an additional for an additional 15-20 minutes so the top can crisp (keep an eye to make sure it doesn’t burn).
- Leave to sit for 20 minutes to settle before serving.