Potato and parsnip balls

  • 500g potatoes – peeled and roughly chopped
  • 500g parsnips – peeled and grated
  • 8 spring onions – thinly chopped
  • 1 clove garlic – peeled and crushed
  • 3 tbsp plain flour
  • 2 tbsp fresh chives – finely chopped
  • Olive oil
  • Fresh ground pepper and salt


  1. In a large pan, par-boil (half cook) the potatoes before removing half with a slotted spoon, leaving the rest to cook right through. Grate the par-boiled potatoes (when cool enough to do so). When the rest are cooked thoroughly, drain and mash.
  2. Preheat oven to 220°C/425°F/Gas Mark 7.
  3. Combine the grated parsnips with all of the other ingredient, season with pepper and salt to taste and mix thoroughly.
  4. Make into walnut size balls. Place balls in a greased baking tin and bake in the hot oven for 10-15 minutes.
  5. Serve with fresh salad and dips, such as hummus, salsa or guacamole.