Sticky maple roots

Serve up a classic Christmas dinner side dish of carrots and parsnips. Herby and slightly caramelised, these sticky maple roots are sure to go down a treat

  • Prep:10 mins
    Cook:30 mins
  • Serves 8
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 119
  • fat 5g
  • saturates 3g
  • carbs 15g
  • sugars 10g
  • fibre 5g
  • protein 1g
  • salt 0.1g


  • 4 large carrots, cut into thick batons
  • 3 parsnips, cut into thick batons
  • 40g butter
  • 1 star anise
  • few thyme sprigs
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup


  1. Tip the carrots and parsnips into a large pan with the butter, star anise, thyme, maple syrup and 250ml water. Season with salt, then cover and boil for 10-15 mins until the water has evaporated and the vegetables are tender. Turn down the heat and cook until the carrots and parsnips are starting to caramelise and turn a light golden brown.

  2. Shake the pan gently to cover the veg in the sticky syrup, then season with cracked black pepper and serve.

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