Parsnips Whipped with Potatoes

By: Mi Ae Lipe
Posted on: 10/11/2015

Parsnips have a nutty, sweet potato–like flavor. Pureed with potatoes and chives, they lend a gentle root-vegetable sweetness. This recipe comes from Luisa DePaiva of Purple Rain Vineyard in Vancouver, Washington.

Parsnips Whipped with Potatoes

Parsnips Whipped with Potatoes

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Course Potato Dishes, Side Dishes
Cuisine American, Comfort Food, Gluten-free, Vegetarian
Servings 6


  • 1 pound (4 to 6 small, or 2 to 3 medium) parsnips
  • ¾ pound (about 1 large) baking potato
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 2 shallots minced
  • 1 tbsp thinly sliced fresh chives
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper


  • Peel the parsnips and potatoes and cut them into ½-inch chunks. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the parsnips and potatoes and cook until tender, 8 to 10 minutes.
  • While the vegetables are boiling, combine the cream, shallots, and chives in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer; cook 1 minute, then adjust the heat to keep them warm but not simmering.
  • Drain the parsnips and potatoes in a sieve and shake them dry. Rest a food mill on the edges of the warm, dry pot the vegetables were boiled in. Pass the vegetables through the mill directly into the pot. (If you don’t have a food mill, push the soft vegetables through a coarse sieve or mash them well with a fork. Don’t use a food processor or blender, as it will give the potatoes a gluey texture.)
  • Using a wooden spoon, beat in the butter and warm cream mixture. Season well with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.


— Luisa DePaiva, Purple Rain Vineyard, Vancouver, Washington
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Parsnips Whipped with Potatoes


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