Dublin Vegetables (Mashed Carrot and Parsnip)

"We first had this purée of carrots and parsnips in a hotel in Dublin when I was a child, and it has been called "Dublin vegetables" in our family ever since! If you prefer, you can mash the vegetables instead of blitzing them to a purée - it still tastes fabulous."
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  • Put the carrots and parsnips into a large saucepan, cover with water, put on the lid, bring to a boil, then simmer until all the vegetables are soft (20-30 minutes, depending on your vegetables and the size you have cut).
  • Drain off all the water, and return the vegetables to the hot pan to evaporate off any excess moisture - you don't want the purée to be too wet.
  • Add the butter, salt and pepper (to taste), then blitz with a hand blender until you have a purée (it's nice left lumpy, too).
  • Serve hot, with extra butter, freshly ground black pepper and a little nutmeg (if liked) ground over the top.

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  1. Only the second time I've ever had parsnips, and I think their lemony zing goes really well with the carrots in this dish. I used seasoning salt rather than regular, and forgot to add nutmeg, will have to dust the leftovers and try it that way later... I was in the minority with this one tho, and will probably only make it when there are others around to help me eat it. My 8 year old tried this one (took 3 bites to make sure) and didn't care for it. The 5 year old wouldn't try it, and my oldest (also known as my husband) took one look at it and refused to put any on his plate. Their loss. ;-) Next time I would make this more like mashed potatoes with a splash of cream to smooth it out a bit more, but good as is. Thanks for sharing.
  2. I really enjoyed this recipe. I added about 1/8 cup of cream and a dash of cinnamon. The flavors blended well and my children didnt complain about having to eat their vegetables. Thank you for a great recipe.
  3. I have been eating this combination of vegetables for years thanks to my MIL...but had not idea that there was a name for this dish! This combination is terrific! I usually cook mash the 2 together and serve as is with butter, salt and pepper...no nutmeg. Lovely and sweet and very healthy! Thanks so much for posting this one....now I have a name for one of my favourite vegetable dishes !
  4. This recipe takes me back to my childhood....my Irish mother used to make it with amazing regularity. Back then we just called it "Carrots and Parsnips"...not very imaginitive! I still use it to this day, but but not quite as as often as she did. There is something about these 2 veggies mixed together that brings out the best in both of them. I just mash them....the lumps give a nice bit of texture.



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