Mashed Root Vegetables with Horseradish



4 servings



2 turnips, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
3 parsnips, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
2 russet (baking) potatoes
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 tsp. chopped fresh thyme
1/4 cup unsalted butter
3 tbsp. finely grated peeled fresh horseradish or
drained bottled horseradish


In a large saucepan of boiling salted water, cook the turnips and the parsnips for 10 minutes, add the potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces, and boil the vegetables for 10 to 12 minutes, or until they are tender.

While the vegetables are cooking, in a small saucepan heat the cream with the thyme, butter, and the horseradish to taste over low heat until the mixture is hot. Keep warm.

Drain the vegetables in the pan cook them over high heat, shaking the pan, for 30 seconds, or until any excess liquid is evaporated, and remove the pan from the heat. Add the cream mixture to the potato mixture, straining it through a fine sieve and pressing hard on the solids, if desired. Mash the vegetables with a potato masher and stir in the salt and pepper to taste.

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