This easy mashed turnip recipe with parsnips is a great creative and easy way to add a few root vegetables to your diet. If you get bored with the same old potatoes and sweet potatoes then you will love this mashed turnips and parsnips recipe.
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Homemade Mashed Turnips and Parsnips Recipe
To make this mashed turnip recipe you will need just a few simple ingredients and a potato masher. You can grab these at your local grocery store and online.
What You Will Need (Full Printable Recipe Available Below)
- 1 medium white turnip (appx 1 cup, chopped)
- 2 medium parsnips (appx 1 cup chopped)
- salt & black pepper to taste
- chives / dried green onions
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How to Make Turnip & Parsnip Mash
As always, let’s start by gathering our ingredients. This may be one of the simplest recipes to make. Have you ever wondered how to cook turnips? For this recipe, you only need turnips and parsnips. When I make this for just myself I opt for 1 turnip and 2 parsnips.
Parsnip Vs Turnip – What is the Difference Between Parsnips and Turnips
Both parsnips and turnips are root vegetables, but they have very different flavor profiles. A parsnip is a long vegetable shaped like a carrot but white in color. Its flavor is more earthy than a carrot, and less bitter than a radish. Whereas, turnips are round in shape, with white and purple coloring on the outside and white on the inside. The texture is similar to that of a potato but with a slightly mild bitter taste. These white vegetables are often used in soups and stews and make a perfect low carb alternative to standard mashed potatoes.
To prepare your turnips, use a vegetable peeler to peel the skin from your turnips and trim the ends.
Next, cut your peeled turnip into 1-2″ small chunks.
Then trim and peel the parsnips too.
Cut your parsnips into chunks as well.
Place the parsnip and turnip chunks in a large pot with cold water and bring to a boil over high heat. Fill the pot with enough water to just cover the veggie chunks. Cook the turnips and parsnips in boiling water until fork tender. Approximately 10-15 minutes.
Once fork tender remove the boiled parsnips and boiled turnips and drain them from the water content. I love my mesh strainer for this.
Return your root vegetables to the pot and grab your masher. Mash your parsnips and turnips with your masher. If you do not have a potato masher you can use a food processor, or immersion blender to mash the turnips and parsnips.
Mash your parsnips and turnips thoroughly until there are no more chunks. Salt and pepper to taste.
Delicious Turnip and Parsnip Mash
The main difference between mashed potatoes and this mashed turnip and parsnip mash is that parsnips are a slightly sweeter cousin to the carrots. So your creamy mashed turnips with parsnips will have a slight sweetness.
Your mashed turnips and parsnips make a great side dish to any meal. It is gluten-free, paleo, vegan-friendly, and completely clean eating, making it a great option for anyone on a medically restrictive diet. I like to sprinkle mine with fresh parsley, chives, or dried spring onion. This delicious mashed turnips and parsnips recipe has fewer calories than potatoes and is just as delicious.
Store leftovers of your parsnip turnip mash in an airtight container for 3-5 days in the refrigerator. This recipe is for one serving, if you are feeding a lot of people you will need to adjust the recipe to the amount of people you are feeding.
Though this recipe itself is vegan, it does pair perfectly aside an air fried steak.
- turnips (appx 1 cup chopped)
- parsnips (appx 1 cup chopped)
- salt & pepper to taste
- dried spring onion
- peel and chop turnips and parsnips into 1-2" chunks
- boil until fork tender, appx 10-15 minutes
- salt and pepper to taste
- sptinkle with dried spring onion or fresh chives/scallions
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