Whipped Potatoes and Parsnips

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In my house, you can't serve meatloaf without a generous helping of mashed potatoes.  And since I put a spin on the meatloaf with the addition of lamb, Guinness, and Cheddar, why not tweak a standard mashed potato recipe for a good, comforting meal?

I used a 4:1 ratio of potatoes to parsnips.  I didn't want the parsnips to overpower the buttery taste of the potatoes, but I did want the sweetness of the parsnips to come through.  Some half-and-half and butter are added for a creamy richness and some scallions are stirred in for a mild onion flavor.  Top it off with an extra pat of butter if so inclined and dig in!

This was a new dish on our dinner table this past week.  I know it will make many more appearances in the years to come.
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Whipped Potatoes and Parsnips
makes about 4 cups

2 pounds Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
1/2 pound parsnips, peeled and thinly sliced
1 cup half-and-half
4 Tablespoons (2-ounces) unsalted butter, softened
2 scallions, thinly sliced
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to season and taste

Place the potatoes and parsnips in a large pot and cover with cold water.  Season generously with kosher salt and bring to a boil.  Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook until the vegetables are tender and can easily be pierced with a paring knife, about 20-25 minutes.  

Drain the vegetables and force them through a ricer set over a large bowl.  Add the half-and-half and butter and whip the potatoes vigorously with a wooden spoon until light and fluffy.  Add the scallions and season with salt and pepper.  Serve immediately or set the bowl over a pot of simmering water, cover and keep warm until ready to serve.  Enjoy!

Source: Adapted form Cuisine at Home, Issue 62


  1. We had this a few weeks ago. I LOVE parsnips. I've also mixed cauliflower in the same way and it's beyond delicious as well. Even our kids devour it that way - bonus! :o)

  2. I love mixing vegetables with starches - it's a great way to trick yourself hehe


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