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Parsnip Mashed Potatoes

My Parsnip Mashed Potatoes, blended with parsnip and Parmigiano, offer a delightful twist to the classic holiday side dish. This recipe combines the creaminess of potatoes with the earthy flavour of parsnip, creating a comforting and nostalgic yet slightly innovative dish perfect for any festive occasion.

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Parsnip Mashed Potatoes, Perfect for the Holidays!

This dish is more than just a side; it’s a celebration of flavours and memories. Growing up, mashed potatoes were an absolute non-negotiable at our holiday feasts. They brought comfort, warmth, and smiles to every table, and now, I’m keeping this cherished tradition alive, but with my own little twist – the delightful and irresistible addition of roasted garlic and parsnips!

Why You’ll Love These Parsnip Mashed Potatoes

First off, who doesn’t love the rich, deep flavour of garlic roasted to perfection? It transforms the classic mashed potatoes into something truly special. And the parsnips? Oh, they add a subtle sweetness and earthiness that elevates this dish to new heights.

But here’s the real magic – these Parsnip Mashed Potatoes pair beautifully with nearly anything. They’re like the best kind of holiday guest – getting along wonderfully with all your other dishes. And when it comes to the perfect pairing, I’ve got just the thing – my Air Fryer Roasted Chicken and Roasted Carrots. Imagine this: tender, flavourful chicken with a crispy skin, paired with the slightly sweet and caramelized roasted carrots, all harmonized with the creamy, garlicky goodness of these mashed potatoes. It’s a trio made in holiday heaven!

pot with pieces of garlic and potatoes with water to make mashed potatoes by teri-ann carty

Ingredients for Parsnip Mashed Potatoes:

  • Russet Potatoes: Russet potatoes are a heartwarming source of vitamin C, essential for keeping our immune systems robust during the holiday season. They also pack a punch with vitamin B6, supporting our energy levels as we enjoy the festive cheer. Plus, their potassium content is a gift for maintaining healthy blood pressure, making sure you’re feeling your best as you celebrate.
  • Parsnip: Adding a touch of winter’s magic, parsnips bring a slightly sweet and earthy flavour that’s reminiscent of cozy holiday gatherings. They’re rich in fibre, ensuring that your festive feasting is as good for your digestion as it is for your soul. Packed with vitamin C and folate, parsnips are like little bundles of joy for your cells, helping you stay healthy and merry.
  • Garlic: This humble yet powerful ingredient is like the unsung hero of the Thanksgiving or Christmas table. Garlic not only elevates the taste of your mashed potatoes but also brings its own festive miracle of vitamins C and B6, along with manganese. It’s a natural immune booster, ensuring you stay strong and healthy to enjoy every bit of the holiday season.
  • Parmigiano Cheese: Parmesan is the secret ingredient that turns your mashed potatoes from ordinary to a festive delight. It’s not just about the savoury, nutty flavour; it’s about the protein and calcium that build and strengthen our bodies, just like the bonds we strengthen during Thanksgiving. Also who doesn’t love parmesan cheese? It pretty much goes good with absolutely everything under the sun!

Mashed potatoes are more than just a side dish; they’re a vessel of comfort and nostalgia.

With the added twist of parsnip and Parmigiano, they become a gourmet experience that still holds true to their roots. So, whether you’re gathering for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or any festive occasion, this dish is sure to be a hit. And remember, don’t toss those potato skins! I’ve got a fantastic no-waste recipe coming your way soon. Stay tuned for more delicious recipes from my kitchen to yours. Happy Holidays!


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Parsnip Mashed Potatoes

Teri-Ann Carty
I don't think any holiday table is complete without mashed potatoes. I love the creamy comfort and nostalgia they bring. There wasn't a holiday dinner as a kid without them so I am keeping tradition alive but adding a slight twist with Parsnip. Its earthy and delicious and adds a lttle something to the already perfect potatoes. I like to peel my potatoes but please don't toss the skins!I have a new no waste recipe heading your way very soon!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Canadian
Servings 3


  • potato peeler, pot, knife


  • 3 medium sized russets peeled and small dice
  • 3 very large cloves garlic peeled and halved
  • 1 medium parsnip peeled small dice
  • cup grated parmigiano
  • cup warm chicken stock
  • ½ tsp salt and cracked pepper
  • ¼ cup + 2 tbsp room temperature butter


  • Wash and peel potatoes. Cut into 1" cubes. Place skins in a container and cover with cold water.
  • Wash and peel parsnip and cut into 1" cubes.
  • Peel garlic cloves and remove ends. If your cloves are huge, slice in half.
  • Add potatoes, parsnip and garlic to a large pot and cover with cold water. Season water with 1 tsp salt.
  • Bring to a boil, then reduce to medium and cook until parnsip and potatoes are soft.
  • Drain water keeping veggies in the same pot. Add stock, 1/4 cup butter, cheese, salt and pepper and mash WELL with a potato masher until no lumps remain.
  • Keep warm until ready to serve.
Keyword christmas, easy mashed potatoes, garlic mashed potatoes, gluten free, holiday, holiday recipe, mashed potatoes, thanksgiving

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