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Sweet Potato and Parsnip Mash

Updated on June 26, 2017

Looking for something other than regular mashed potatoes?

Well, here it is. This is a delicious side dish recipe that gives you a nice break from the usual mashed potatoes or rice dish that you might normally prepare.

It's simple enough to prepare on a regular weeknight, but yummy enough to make for a holiday dinner spread or a potluck party. Everyone will think you worked super hard on this side, but it's our secret that it was actually super simple.

Cook Time

Prep Time: 10 minutes or so

Total Time: 30 to 45 minutes

Serves: 4 or more


  • 2 medium parsnips
  • peeled and sliced
  • 2 medium to large sweet potato
  • peeled and diced
  • half a red onion
  • diced
  • 1 to 2 cloves of garlic
  • crushed
  • Olive oil
  • Butter
  • 2 -5 tbsp milk of your choice (cows milk
  • soy milk
  • almond milk
  • etc)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


  1. Place all vegetables (except garlic and onion) in a saucepan with boiling water, add a dash of olive oil, and cook for about 20 minutes or until tender. Drain.
  2. Meanwhile, heat some olive oil in a small frying pan and sauté onion and garlic on low heat until just tender.
  3. Mash the cooked vegetables with some butter and milk, add the onion and garlic and cook for a few minutes until heated through.
  4. -- mashing note, for a rough mash use your hand held potato smasher while cooking, but for a smoother texture bring out the electric mixer and whip them up when you're done -
  5. Season with pepper and salt to you liking. Goes great with pork chops or just about anything you'd normally serve with potatoes.
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    • darciad profile image

      Darcia Douglass 

      17 months ago from Kennewick, WA

      Yum!! Love parsnips and sweet potatoes! This is a must try!

    • Gayle Dowell profile image

      Gayle Dowell 

      4 years ago from Kansas

      I love sweet potatoes, but have been looking for more recipes that are not as sweet as the traditional sweet potato recipe. This is going on my "try it out" list of recipes!

    • Pam Irie profile image

      Pam Irie 

      6 years ago from Land of Aloha

      After all this time I still haven't cooked with parsnips, but I can't wait to try a recipe.

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      7 years ago

      I love mashed sweet potatoes with a little brown sugar and butter. I'm definitely going to try your recipe!

    • Adriana Daniela profile image


      8 years ago from New Market

      I love cooking with parsnips!

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      8 years ago

      Sounds great - I'm looking forward to giving this a try! :-D

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      Senora M 

      8 years ago

      I do sweet pots sometimes instead of mashed pots. Have never tried parsnips. Great lens! Saw you in the forum.

      Oprah's Favorite Things of 2010

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      8 years ago

      Nice recipe lens! I love all the kitchen gadgets too, all the orange looks great!


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