Prep 10 mins
Cook 1 hr 25 mins
This fluffy parsnip puree makes a fantastic side dish, and it is a nice change from mashed potatoes... it is so good served with turkey or chicken. The roasted garlic can be prepared hours or even days in advance, I always roast tons of garlic bulbs at a time, and then freeze in 1/2-cup plastic containers to use in recipes. This recipe will serve 3-4 people, I suggest to double the recipe to serve more than 4 people, however if you double the recipe, I suggest not to use two whole heads of roasted garlic, roast two, but add in only enough to taste, two full heads of garlic for a double recipe will produce a very strong taste! Cooking time includes roasting garlic and boiling the parsnips.
- 1 medium head of garlic
- 1 lb fresh parsnip, peeled and coarsley chopped
- 1⁄4 cup whipping cream (unwhipped)
- 2 -3 tablespoons butter (no subs!)
- 1⁄4 teaspoon nutmeg
- salt and pepper
- To make the roasted garlic: set oven to 350 degrees.
- Cut off about 1/4-inch off of the top of the garlic bulb and discard.
- Wrap head loosley in foil and place on a small baking pan.
- Roast until garlic is tender (about 1 hour) cool.
- Press bottom of the cooled bulb to squeeze out the pulp.
- Transfer to a bowl and mash with fork.
- Cook the parsnips in a pot of boiling water until very tender (should take about 25 minutes) drain well, reserving 1/2 cup cooking water.
- Return parsnips to the pot; add in whipping cream, butter, nutmeg and mashed garlic (you might want to add in less than the whole bulb, just keep tasting!).
- Beat well with an electric mixer until smooth, thinning out with some of the reserved cooking water if the mixture is too thick.
- Season generously with salt and pepper.
My boyfriend really enjoyed this recipe but I have to say it was too sweet for me. I think I would prefer it with regular garlic or maybe with some lemon juice to zing it up a little.