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Mashed Potatoes and Parsnips with Chives and Parsley

Mashed parsnips and Yukon gold potatoes mashed with butter, chives, and parsley.

Mashed Parsnips and Potatoes
Elise Bauer

Ah, parsnips. Do you like them? If you've never had a parsnip, you don't know what you're missing! They look like white carrots and are closely related to them. Sweet, like carrots, but with a nutty, buttery taste.

Lovely in soups and stews, delicious roasted, parsnips also mash up beautifully with potatoes, as we have done here. Mashed parsnips are perfect as a side to pork chops, roast chicken, or beef short ribs.

parsnips
Elise Bauer
Mashed Potatoes and Parsnips with Chives and Parsley
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Servings 4 servings
Sometimes parsnips can have a tough, fibrous core that no amount of cooking will tenderize. If you encounter this, cut the parsnips in quarters lengthwise and cut out the tough core.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds parsnips
  • 1 1/2 pounds yukon gold potatoes
  • 2 teaspoons Salt
  • 4 1/2 cups water
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tbsp chopped parsley
  • 1 Tbsp chopped chives
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Method

  1. Prep the parsnips and potatoes

    Peel the parsnips. Cut them crosswise into 1/2-inch thick medallions. Peel the potatoes and cut them into 1 to 1 1/2-inch chunks.

  2. Simmer

    Place into a medium saucepan, cover with water, add two teaspoons of salt. Bring to a simmer, reduce the heat, cover and let cook for 10 minutes, until a fork can pierce easily.

  3. Steam

    Drain and return the parsnips and potatoes to the warm pan. Cover and let steam in the heat of the pan for 10 minutes.

  4. Mash

    Using a potato masher, mash the parsnips and potatoes until nicely mashed. Don't over mash or they will be gluey.

    Add butter and salt (omit salt if using salted butter), and mash some more. Stir in the chopped parsley and chives. Add black pepper and more salt to taste.

Links:

Parsnip latkes with horseradish and dill from Deb of Smitten Kitchen

Old Bay parsnip fries from Everyday Maven

Potato and parsnip gratin from Chef John of Food Wishes

Mashed Parsnips and Potatoes
Elise Bauer