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Bacon Parsnip Fries

If you're looking for a new vegetable side dish, I've got just the thing for you: Bacon Parsnip Fries. These parsnip fries are roasted in the oven and are a bit healthier than French fries. They're easy to prepare, and best of all, they don't taste healthy! They taste delicious and satisfying without being greasy like traditional fries. 

I serve these parsnip fries with an easy 2-minute spicy mayo sauce, and they are so good!

So if you've always passed parsnips by at the grocery store because you thought they were just boring white carrots, I encourage you to give this parsnip side dish a try! These parsnip fries are naturally gluten-free, if you're avoiding gluten. 

Plate of bacon roasted parsnips.

Related recipe: Parmesan Truffle Potato Wedges

Parsnip fries - vegetable side dish

Parsnips are a totally overlooked vegetable. Most people think of mashed parsnips or parsnip soup when they think of parsnip recipes, which may sound a little bland. But parsnips are SO DELICIOUS when they are roasted (just like roasted radishes or roasted Jerusalem artichoke - two of my other favorite often-overlooked vegetables).

The subtle natural sweetness of the parsnips comes out, and their starchiness makes them just as satisfying as roasted potatoes, especially when served as a snackable, dippable parsnip French fry shape. 

These roasted parsnip fries get a little upgrade in flavor from bacon - they are roasted with chopped bacon and get some of that delicious smoky bacon flavor all over the parsnips.

The crunchy roasted bacon bits are then served on top of the parsnip fries... and I admit the bacon pieces fall off, but I always scoop them up with a fork and save the bacon bits for last!

Hand dipping roasted parsnips into spicy mayo

Ready to make some roasted parsnip fries?

Related recipe: Bacon Roasted Vegetables

Ingredients

For the parsnip fries:

  • 1 lb parsnips (about 4 parsnips)
  • ½ - 1 teaspoon sea salt, to taste
  • ½ - 1 teaspoon ground black pepper, to taste
  • 6 slices uncooked bacon, chopped
  • A few sprigs fresh thyme (or ½ teaspoon dried thyme or other dried herbs)

Related recipe: Lemony Asparagus with Bacon

For the spicy mayo dipping sauce:

  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

Not a fan of spicy mayo? You can use any dipping sauce you like for fries: ketchup, mayo + ketchup, aioli, ranch dressing etc. 

You'll also need:

More non-traditional "fries" recipes: Air Fryer Polenta Fries

Ingredients to make roasted parsnip fries with bacon

Related recipe: Pan-Fried Brussels Sprouts with Turkey Bacon

Instructions

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

Step 2: Peel the parsnips with a vegetable peeler, and cut them into French fry-shaped pieces, about ½ inch thick. Chop them in half if they are too long.

Step 3: Place the parsnip fries on the baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle salt, pepper, and a fresh thyme leaves on top. Spread the chopped bacon pieces on top and use your hands to mix up the parsnips, bacon, and salt and pepper so they are evenly spread out on the baking sheet.

Step 4: Bake at 400 degrees for 25-30 minutes, or until the bacon is crispy and the parsnips are cooked to your liking. Serve warm with your favorite dipping sauce.

Baking sheet with parsnip fries and crispy bacon bits.

Step 5: Combine all the sauce ingredients in a small bowl and mix well. 

Related recipe: Roasted Young Potatoes with Crispy Skins

What to serve with parsnip fries

You can make these parsnip fries anytime you are eating something that goes GREAT with fries, such as burgers (see my ground pork burger recipe, or my chicken burger with guacamole). Parsnip fries are also a great way to try to get your kid to eat more vegetables, along with these sweet potato chicken nuggets.

No guarantees, but one can try, right??

Related recipe: Roasted Asparagus with Crispy Bacon Topping

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Plate of bacon parsnip fries
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5 from 2 votes

Bacon Parsnip Fries

These Parsnip Fries are roasted, not fried, so they are a much healthier vegetable side dish than French fries... and the crispy bacon bits on top are just the best!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free
Servings: 4
Author: Kate

Ingredients

For the parsnip fries:
  • 1 lb parsnips (about 4 parsnips)
  • ½ tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt to taste
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper to taste
  • 6 slices uncooked bacon chopped
  • A few sprigs fresh thyme (or ½ teaspoon dried thyme or other dried herbs)
For the dipping sauce:
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

Special equipment

Instructions

  • preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Peel the parsnips with a vegetable peeler, and cut them into French fry-shaped pieces, about ½ inch thick. Chop them in half if they are too long.
  • Place the parsnip fries on the baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle salt, pepper, and a fresh thyme leaves on top. Spread the chopped bacon pieces on top and use your hands to mix up the parsnips, bacon, and seasonings so they are evenly spread out on the baking sheet.
  • Bake at 400 degrees for 25-30 minutes, or until the bacon is crispy and the parsnips are cooked to your liking. Season with additional salt and pepper, if needed, and serve warm with your favorite dipping sauce.
  • Combine all the sauce ingredients in a small bowl and mix well.

Notes

More dipping sauce ideas for parsnip fries: ketchup, mayo + ketchup, aioli, ranch dressing etc. 

Nutrition

Calories: 227kcal (11%) | Carbohydrates: 21g (7%) | Protein: 6g (12%) | Fat: 14g (22%) | Saturated Fat: 3g (15%) | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 18mg (6%) | Sodium: 665mg (28%) | Potassium: 501mg (14%) | Fiber: 6g (24%) | Sugar: 6g (7%) | Vitamin A: 26IU (1%) | Vitamin C: 22mg (27%) | Calcium: 45mg (5%) | Iron: 1mg (6%)

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