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
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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