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Creamy Potato and Parsnip Mash

The delectably creamy mash can be prepared through step 3 up to 4 hours in advance; cover with foil and keep at room temperature. Just before serving, proceed with recipe.

  • Servings: 6

Source: Martha Stewart Weddings, Fall 2002


  • 2 pounds Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and sliced 1 1/2 inches thick
  • Coarse salt
  • 2 pounds parsnips, peeled and sliced 1 1/2 inches thick
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • Freshly ground pepper


  1. Place potatoes in a medium saucepan, and add enough cold water to cover by about 2 inches. Bring to a boil over high heat; add salt generously. Reduce heat, and simmer until tender when pierced with a paring knife, 20 to 25 minutes. Transfer to a colander to drain.

  2. Repeat process with parsnips, cooking about 15 minutes. Drain; let cool slightly. Puree in a food processor until smooth.

  3. Pass potatoes through a ricer or food mill into a large metal bowl or top of a double boiler. Stir in parsnips. Cover with foil to keep warm, up to 4 hours.

  4. When ready to serve, reheat potato mixture over a pan of simmering water. Bring cream and butter to a simmer in a small saucepan. Stir into potato mixture until smooth. Stir in nutmeg; season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a large serving bowl.


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