Root Ribbons with Sage

This stunning salad from local chef Jerry Traunfeld adds just a touch of sweetness to winter vegetables.

2 pounds root vegetables, such as parsnips
3 tablespoons butter
¼ cup coarsely-chopped sage
1 tablespoon maple syrup
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

1. Wash and peel the parsnips and discard the peelings. Continue to peel the parsnips from their tops to the root tips to produce ribbons, rotating the roots on their axis a quarter turn after each strip is peeled, until left with cores that are too small to work with.

2. Melt the butter with the sage in a large skillet over medium heat. Stir for a minute to partially cook the sage. Add the root ribbons and toss them with tongs until they begin to wilt. Add the salt, a good grinding of black pepper, the maple syrup, lemon juice and about ½ cup of water.

3. Continue to cook the vegetables over medium heat, turning them with tongs every minute or so, until all the liquid boils away and the ribbons are glazed and tender, about 10 minutes total. Serve right away, or cool and reheat in the skillet when ready to serve.

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