Can You Mash It: Mashed Vegetable Recipes

Potatoes aren't the only vegetables that make a great mash. Try one of these ideas from Food Network Magazine instead.
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Beet Mash

Combine 2 1/2 pounds whole unpeeled beets and 1 large unpeeled russet potato in a pot; cover with cold water. Bring to a boil and cook until soft, about 45 minutes; drain. Peel the beets and potato and puree with 3 tablespoons butter; season with salt. Top with horseradish sauce.

Celery Root Mash

Peel and roughly chop 3 pounds celery root. Place in a pot and cover with equal parts milk and water (about 2 1/2 cups each); add a pinch of salt. Bring to a simmer and cook until soft, 20 to 25 minutes; drain. Puree with 1/3 cup heavy cream and 2 tablespoons butter. Season with salt, then add 2 tablespoons whole-grain mustard and pulse to combine.

Butternut Squash Mash

Halve 1 large unpeeled butternut squash (about 3 pounds) and cut into thick wedges, discarding the seeds. Toss with olive oil and roast at 400 degrees F until soft, 35 to 45 minutes. Remove the skin. Puree the squash with 3 tablespoons butter; season with salt. Warm a few tablespoons of maple syrup with a pinch of cayenne pepper; drizzle over the mash.

Rutabaga Mash

Peel and roughly chop 3 pounds rutabagas. Place in a pot and cover with equal parts milk and water (about 2 1/2 cups each); add a pinch of salt. Bring to a simmer and cook until soft, 20 to 25 minutes; drain. Puree with 1/2 cup heavy cream and 2 tablespoons butter. Cook a few sliced garlic cloves and some fresh rosemary in olive oil; drizzle over the mash.

Kohlrabi Mash

Peel and quarter 2 pounds kohlrabi. Cook in boiling salted water until soft, about 30 minutes; drain. Puree with 2 tablespoons each heavy cream and butter; season with salt and pepper. Drizzle with olive oil and top with chopped parsley.

Turnip Mash

Peel and roughly chop 3 pounds turnips. Place in a pot and cover with equal parts milk and water (about 2 1/2 cups each); add a pinch of salt. Bring to a simmer and cook until soft, 20 to 25 minutes; drain. Puree with 1/4 cup heavy cream and 2 tablespoons butter. Season with salt and top with crumbled cooked bacon.

Carrot Mash

Peel and roughly chop 2 pounds carrots. Cook in boiling salted water until soft, about 20 minutes; drain. Puree with 3 tablespoons olive oil; season with salt and pepper. Warm 1 tablespoon olive oil with 1 teaspoon each grated ginger and orange zest; drizzle over the mash.

Kabocha Squash Mash

Peel and roughly chop 1 large kabocha squash (about 3 pounds), discarding the seeds. Cook in boiling salted water until soft, about 20 minutes; reserve 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid, then drain. Puree the squash and the reserved liquid with 1/4 cup heavy cream; season with salt and pepper. Top with toasted pepitas.

Cauliflower Mash

Chop off the florets from 1 large head cauliflower and place them in a steamer basket set in a pot filled with 1 inch boiling water. Cover and steam until soft, about 20 minutes. Puree the cauliflower with 3 tablespoons butter, a pinch of nutmeg, and salt to taste. Fry sage leaves in a few tablespoons butter; pour over the mash.

Parsnip Mash

Peel and roughly chop 2 pounds parsnips. Cook in boiling salted water until soft, about 20 minutes; drain. Puree with 3 tablespoons butter; season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with grated parmesan.

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