I found some interesting new types of root vegetable that are not very common: chervil root and parsley root. Both are roots of the better-known herbs (especially parsley), cultivated especially for the roots. Parsley roots can easily be mistaken for parnips and are of a similar size but taste like parsley. Chervil roots look like short golden carrots, feel light compared to their size and have a sweet nutty flavor. Chervil roots are quite expensive, but parsley roots are priced similarly to parsnips.
Both can be prepared in several ways, including roasting, making puree, or deep-frying.
In this case I made roasted chervil root and parsley root puree, and served it with neck of lamb.
I melted the lamb fat that was left from making lamb stock…
…and tossed the chervil root slices with the melted lamb fat. (If you don’t have lamb fat, you could simply use olive oil.) I roasted this for 30 minutes at 225C/450F until nicely golden. Then I seasoned with salt and freshly ground white pepper.
Both root vegetables have an interesting taste that you don’t taste so often. Serving them seasoned only with salt and pepper lets the original flavor shine.