Potato and Parsnip Balls

  • 500g potatoes – peeled and roughly chopped
  • 500g parsnips – peeled and grated
  • 8 spring onions – thinly chopped
  • 1 garlic clove – 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 220C/425F/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.