parsnip & potato mash

parsnips are root vegetables, closely related to carrots & parsley. a mild, delicate flavour that is sweet, earthy and nutty.
parsnips always bring back such fond memories, catering for large functions. i love making parsnip purees and also love roasting these little beauties to accompany almost any meal.
together with potato, parsnips make an incredibly creamy mash, leaving a lingering taste.
i absolutely love mash whether i serve it with a meal from fish to red meat or even on its own. it is a comfort food and always leave my taste buds very happy.
(any leftover mash can be refrigerated and used for fish cakes)

ingredients | serves 4
6 parsnips, peeled & sliced
4 medium potatoes, peeled & cut into quarters
1 garlic clove, peeled
1 1/2tsp salt
1tsp white pepper
4tbs butter
1/4c cream
parsley, finely chopped
pinch red pepper flakes, optional

bring a large pot of water with a teaspoon of salt to the boil.
add the parsnips and garlic to the boiling water and cook for ten minutes. add the potatoes and cook until tender.
strain and dry the mixture by placing it back into the pot without water and back on the heat for about two minutes, stirring occasionally.
add 3 tablespoons butter to the mixture together with the cream, half teaspoon salt & pepper and mash using a potato masher.
for a smoother, creamier mash, whisk the mixture well for about two minutes.
spoon the mixture into a dish, dollop with the remaining tablespoon of butter and garnish with the chopped parsley & chilli flakes.
serve hot.

from my kitchen to yours, with love x

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