Rachael Ray's Garlicky Mashed Potatoes & Parsnips

These potatoes mix in parsnips and garlic for tons of hearty flavor.
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Garlicky Mashed Potatoes & Parsnips

Recipe by Rachael Ray

This recipe originally appeared in our Holiday 2020 issue. Get the magazine here

  • 6 to 8Servings


  • 3 large parsnips (about 1 lb.), peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 3 lb. russet or Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into cubes that are a little larger than the parsnips
  • 4 large cloves garlic, crushed and peeled
  • Salt
  • 1 cup whole milk, half-and-half, or heavy cream
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • White pepper or finely ground black pepper
  • About 1/4 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
  • Chopped chives or parsley, for serving


1. In a large pot, cover the parsnips, potatoes, and garlic with a couple of inches of cold water. Bring to a boil over high, season generously with salt , and cook until tender, 20 to 25 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, in a small pan, heat the milk and butter over low until the milk is warm and the butter melts.

3. Drain the vegetables. For a smooth mash, pass the vegetables through a food mill. For a more rustic mash, transfer the vegetables to a large bowl and smash with a potato masher. Stir in the milk mixture; season with pepper and the nutmeg.

4. Transfer to a serving bowl and top with the chives or parsley.