Welcome everybody to the April edition of the Crazy Ingredient Challenge! If you are a first time visitor to the Crazy Ingredient Challenge, you are in for some fun creativity! The challenge is to create a recipe with two truly unique ingredients that are not traditionally cooked together. I just love this challenge! Spearheaded by the lovely Dawn at Spatula’s On Parade, this is one group of talented chef’s who come up with these recipes each month. Want to know what April’s challenge is? Parsnips and Cardamom. Say what?
But what is Cardamom? Cardamom is a spice native to the Middle East, North Africa, and Scandinavia and there are three types; green cardamom, black cardamom and Madagascar cardamom. has a sweet taste with an enticing aroma. I read that is is wonderful with Indian and Middle Eastern spice blends. When I gave it a good whiff, I immediately thought curry and other Indian dishes.
But that’s not what I did. I had a drawer full of different veggies, like one beet, two carrots and a half of a red onion. I decided to make a veggie salad using those and parsnips and season it with the Cardamom.
Roasted Parsnip & Beet Salad
- 2 Medium parsnips (peeled & diced)
- 1 Large beet (peeled & diced)
- 1/2 Large red onion (cut into 1/2 pieces)
- 2 cloves garlic (crushed)
- juice of two lemons (divided)
- salt & pepper to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom (divided)
- 1/4 cup garlic infused olive oil
- 1/4 cup lime juice ((I used Roses Lime Juice))
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 - 1 teaspoon maple syrup
- 2 Medium carrots (shredded)
- 1/4 cup craisins
- 1/4 cup sliced almonds
I liked using the citrus flavors with the Cardamom since I think they married well together. Hubby is not a huge lemon fan so he was so so on this dish. I really liked the colorful presentation and the light delicate flavors of the dish.
The parsnips roasted similar to a potato and I think they have a similar consistency. The texture went well with the beets too. This dish is excellent for spring cook outs and I think would transport well to a potluck. I’m now pretty excited to see what else I can do with these two crazy ingredients.
To see past challenges and the creative recipes our chefs have come up with, click on over to my Crazy Ingredient Challenge Pinboard and look around. These ladies are amazing!!!
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