Crispy parsnip croquettes

A delicious twist on a traditional side dish, these parsnip croquettes are both crispy and creamy, making them a firm favourite.



350g parsnips, peeled and left whole

2 tsp olive oil

25g unsalted butter

2 shallots, finely chopped

25g creamed horseradish

75g plain flour

2 large eggs, beaten

85g breadcrumbs

1-2 litres vegetable oil, for deep-frying


For the béchamel sauce

50g unsalted butter

50g plain flour

300ml full-fat milk

75g cheddar cheese, grated

½ tsp Dijon mustard

½ tbsp Worcestershire sauce

100g Gruyère, grated





1)      Heat oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3. Put the parsnips in a roasting tin with the oil and roast for 1 hr 30 mins.


2)      Remove from the oven and cut into chunks.


3)      Meanwhile, make the béchamel. Melt the butter in a saucepan over a low heat, then add the flour and whisk.


4)      Remove from the heat and add the milk gradually, whisking after each addition until combined.


5)      Return to a low heat and cook, stirring until thick. Stir in the remaining ingredients, except the Gruyère, add 1/2 tsp salt and take off the heat. Add the Gruyère and mix well.


6)      Once the parsnips are cool enough to handle, purée in a food processor and set aside.


7)      Heat the butter in a pan. Add the shallots and cook for 10 mins or until soft and golden.


8)      Tip into a large bowl with the parsnip purée, béchamel and horseradish. Season to taste, cover and cool.


9)      When almost cold, spoon into a piping bag and pipe into 3cm-thick lengths onto a baking parchment-lined tray.


10)   Freeze for 1 hr until firm but not completely frozen. Remove from the freezer and cut into 5cm lengths.


11)   Coat the croquettes in the flour, dip in the egg, roll in the breadcrumbs, then place on a parchment-lined tray.


12)   To fry your croquettes, use a deep-fat fryer or half-fill a heavy-based medium saucepan with vegetable oil and heat to 180C.


13)   Cook in small batches for 2-3 mins until golden and cooked through. Lift the croquettes from the oil with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper. Put on a warmed plate and cover with foil until ready to serve.



Crispy parsnip croquettes