Garlic Parmesan Mashed Parsnips are easy, creamy and flavored with garlic, butter and Parmesan cheese. These are the perfect versatile side dish to compliment any meal.
With as much thought as most of us put into making a well-rounded meal, sometimes those pesky side dishes don’t get as much attention to shine as that ‘main dish’.
This needs to stop!
I have a confession… side dishes are my favorite part of any meal. I am perfectly happy quietly bypassing whatever that main dish is if it means that I can have more space on my plate for those yummy sides. It’s all about the real estate. I don’t care if we are talking about Creamy Macaroni and Cheese, Loaded Mashed Potato Casserole, Bacon Feta Pan Potatoes or even Spicy Honey Glazed Carrots, there is always room for more side dishes and if that means the main dish has to go sit on a different counter in the kitchen, then so be it.
And if that means I need to load up two plates of food just so I have enough space for my side dish addiction, don’t judge!
So all that being said, jump up and down with me in unbelievable happiness that now there is another item added to the side dish party. Parsnips! Parsnips!!
What the heck?
These are the hidden gems in the produce department. I absolutely love these little things and just like my shock and amazement with Garlic Brussel Sprouts with Bacon, these little veggies are amazing! Who doesn’t love mashed potatoes? Or better yet, Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes? Now you can have your favorite potato dishes using parsnip instead. Why would you want to use parsnips instead of actual potatoes? Both are amazing and carry different health benefits but parsnips are higher in fiber than potatoes and lower in calories. Why wouldn’t you want to do this? Parsnips are so versatile and you can actually add them into your favorite potato recipes just as you would regular potatoes. Or you can get all crazy and actually treat them as if they are potatoes and completely leave potatoes asleep in your pantry.
I know that feels wrong and dirty but sometimes It is okay to explore other options. This recipe for Garlic Parmesan Mashed Parsnips is the perfect example of that. Look at them, you would swear those were mashed potatoes but I promise you not one potato was used in this recipe. This is all parsnip… morning-noon-and-night.
Talk about creamy and packed full of flavor, these parsnips are made with garlic, butter and Parmesan cheese. Mmmmmm!!! This vegetable can definitely use in place of potatoes and it has just the slightest difference in flavor that really makes your dish interesting and unexpected.
So next time you are looking for yet another side dish (YAY!!!) to add to your growing list of favorites, give these Garlic Parmesan Mashed Parsnips a try. I promise, the potatoes will forgive you!
HAPPINESS AND BLESSINGS! ~ HEATHER
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- 2 pounds Parsnips peeled and chunked
- 8 ounces Sharp White Cheddar Cheese shredded
- 1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese grated
- 3 tablespoons Butter
- 1/2 cup Heavy Cream
- 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
- 1/4 teaspoom Salt
- Chives for garnish optional
Start by peeling, washing and cutting parsnips into 1" chunks
Add parsnips to large pot of cold salted water and bring to a boil.
While parsnips are cooking, in a small saucepan, gently heat the cream, butter and garlic powder over low heat.
Boil parsnips for 15-20 minutes or until parsnips are fork tender. Drain and return parsnips to pot
Add in cheddar cheese, parmesan cheese, butter/cream/garlic mixture and salt and using a potato masher, mash parsnips to personal preference. You may also use an electric hand mixer for a smoother, creamier texture
Garnish with chives (optional) and serve immediately
Leftovers can be stored in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for 2 - 3 days