Savory Mashed Root Vegetables

Total Time:
1 hr 10 min
Prep:
30 min
Cook:
40 min

Yield:
12 servings
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients
  • 3 pounds assorted root vegetables, such as carrots, parsnips, turnips, and rutabaga, coarsely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 handful fresh thyme sprigs
  • 1 handful fresh rosemary sprigs
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 bunch fresh chives, chopped
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
Directions
  • Place all the vegetables and garlic in a large pot and fill with cool water to cover; season with a teaspoon of salt. Bring to boil over medium heat and simmer for about 30 minutes, until the vegetables are very tender.

  • While the vegetables are cooking, combine the heavy cream, butter, and herbs in a pot and heat over low flame to melt the butter and infuse the herb flavor into the cream – do not allow to boil. Shut off the heat, cover, and let steep until needed. When ready to use, remove the herb stems and the bay leaves.

  • Drain vegetables and put them into a large mixing bowl. Mash with a potato masher. Stir in the warm cream mixture and mix until the liquid is absorbed and the vegetables are smooth; season with salt and pepper. Put the mashed root vegetables in a serving bowl, garnish with chopped chives and drizzle with a healthy dose of olive oil.


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