Looking for a substitute for mashed potatoes but you’re tired of eating cauliflower or winter squash puree? Make some carrot and parsnip puree!
Yesterday, my vegetable CSA box came with some big ass Chantenay carrots and parsnips. After googling the interwebs to figure out what to make with them, I came across this recipe for carrot and parsnip puree from Miss Martha Stewart. I changed the proportions and ingredients a wee bit and the resulting orange-colored mash was delicious.
Here’s what I gathered to make 6 servings:
- 2/3 lb parsnips, peeled and coarsely chopped
- 1 pound carrots, peeled and coarsely chopped (slightly smaller than the parsnips)
- 2 stalks of green garlic, thinly sliced (or 2 garlic cloves)
- 1/2 onion, coarsely chopped
- 1/2 cup organic chicken stock
- 1/2 cup water
- 4 tablespoons butter
- Kosher salt
- Freshly ground pepper
Here’s how I made it:
I did my best Martin Yan impression and quickly chopped up all my veggies.
I melted 3 tablespoons of butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Once the butter was liquefied, I dumped in the veggies, broth, and water.
I brought the liquid to a boil, turned down the heat to low, and simmered the covered pot for 25-30 minutes. Once the vegetables were soft and tender, I used my immersion blender to puree everything.
Then, I added another pat of butter along with some salt and pepper to taste.
After one last pass through with the stick blender, the puree was ready to eat.
I do miss mashed potatoes but having tasty technicolor substitutes helps with the cravings. I guess it’s like methadone for spud addicts.