This parsnip tart with feta and walnuts tastes very luxurious. In fact, if you want to be really fancy, you can also call it a quiche. While parsnips are often associated with the holiday season, this dish is a great option for any cold winters day.
The parsnip is a plant native to Eurasia, where they were already a food staple in antiquity. They’re a true winter vegetable. They don’t care about bit of frost, in fact it will make them taste even sweeter. They grow best in sandy soil but they also grew very nicely in the clay soil of our vegetable garden. So apparently they’re not that picky.
Just how long people have been eating parsnips exactly, is a bit unclear. Because in ancient literature, they don’t really make a distinction between parsnips and carrots. The fact that back then carrots came in all colours, including white, makes it all even more confusing. What is clear though, is that the parsnip fell out of favour when the first potato arrived in Europe.
Parsnips are closely related to carrots and parsley. Especially parsnips and carrots have a lot of similarities and in cooking they often have similar uses. It’s possible to eat them raw, baked, cooked, roasted or steamed. Raw they have a more nutty taste, while cooking really brings out their sweet taste.
In this recipe, that sweetness is complemented by the feta cheese. The walnuts are also sweet but give the dish a bit of texture with their crunch. All that sweetness is than balanced out by the yoghurt. Because of the role the yoghurt has in this recipe, it’s best to choose a type that nice and sour. It might also be handy to go for a drinkable type, as this will be easy to mix in.
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