Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Parsnips


Roasted garlic and the subtly sweet flavor of parsnips makes ordinary mashed potatoes exceptionally delicious. This side dish is outstanding served with Thanksgiving turkey.

Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Parsnips
Photo: Scott Little
Prep Time:
35 mins
Bake Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
55 mins


  • 3 pound baking potatoes, such as russet (5 to 6 large)

  • 1 ½ pound parsnips

  • 1 head garlic

  • 2 teaspoon olive oil

  • ¾ cup milk

  • ½ cup butter

  • ¾ teaspoon salt

  • teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  1. Peel potatoes and parsnips; cut into 1/2-inch chunks. In a covered Dutch oven or large saucepan, cook potato and parsnip for 25 minutes in enough boiling salted water to cover; drain.

  2. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Peel away the dry outer layers of skin from garlic head, leaving skins and cloves intact. Cut about 1/2 inch off the pointed top portion of the garlic head and discard. Place garlic, cut side up, in a custard cup. Drizzle with olive oil. Cover with foil and bake about 20 minutes or until garlic is tender when pierced with the tip of a sharp knife. Cool. Press garlic pulp from each clove with your fingers and place in custard cup; mash with a fork. Set aside.

  3. Mash potato and parsnip with a potato masher or ricer or beat with an electric mixer on low speed. In a small saucepan, combine milk and butter. Bring just to boiling. Stir milk mixture into potato mixture. Stir in mashed garlic pulp, salt, and pepper. Heat through. Makes 14 servings.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

182 Calories
8g Fat
26g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 14
Calories 182
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 20mg 7%
Sodium 252mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 26g 9%
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 12.4mg 62%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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