Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 25 mins

When shopping for parsnips, chose the smaller ones which are far more tender than the larger ones. The smaller parsnips tend not to have the woody inside core that you find with larger or older parsnips. This savory dish is a nice alternative to mashed potatoes and it is the perfect side for most meats.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 12 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 garlic clove, small, minced
  • 1 shallot, French, large, finely chopped
  • 1 -1 12 teaspoon thyme, fresh, leaves finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 12 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground
  • 2 tablespoons horseradish cream
  • 2 12 lbs parsnips, small, peeled and chopped 3/4 inch pieces
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 12 cup water
  • 34 teaspoon allspice, freshly ground
  • 13 cup 10% cream
  • 18 cup yogurt, plain, thick
  • 116 teaspoon allspice, garnish


  1. In a small pan add butter, garlic and shallots, cook on low heat allowing to lightly caramelize, remove the pan from heat, season with thyme, salt, pepper and horseradish cream, set aside until needed.
  2. Place the parsnips in a saucepan and cover with chicken stock and water, add the freshly ground allspice and stir, bring to a boil over high heat.
  3. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer for 15 - 20 minutes, then drain. The parsnips should be tender, but not mushy.
  4. Now return the parsnips to the saucepan and add the 10% cream, mix well and cook for another 5 minutes on low heat, stirring periodically.
  5. Remove from heat and mash with a potato masher. If too thick add a little more of the 10% cream, please don't forget that you will be adding yorgurt next.
  6. Stir in the yogurt, the buttered garlic and shallot mixture and mix well, if necessary re-season with salt and pepper to taste and garnish with a pinch of allspice, serve immediately.
Most Helpful

This was my dinner tonight, what a lovely puree! The subtle flavor of the parsnips went wonderfully with the shallot - garlic butter and the horse radish gave it that extra kick. I sprinkled it with chives and served it as a side to pan fried tilapia, delicious!
I will make this again! Made and reviewed for RSC Potion # 18.

gemini08 May 28, 2012

We love parsnips and this was the perfect mash to serve instead of the usual potato mash. The horseradish gave it a kick and the garlic made it very flavourful. Served it with poached cod and a green salad.
Well done!
Made for RSC Potion #18 Game.

Chef Dudo May 28, 2012

I really loved this recipe. I cut it in half, and it made 2 very generous portions. Served it instead of potatoes with our leftover turkey dinner. The garlic, shallots and horseradish cream went perfectly with the sweet parsnips. Parsnips isn't something I make very often, but with this recipe there is no excuse not to. Good luck, and thanks for your contribution to the RSC Potion #18 Contest

Diana #2 May 28, 2012