Winter root mash with buttery crumbs

Winter root mash with buttery crumbs

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(33 ratings)

Prep: 50 mins - 1 hr Cook: 40 mins

Easy

Serves 10
A little bit of this winter root mash goes a long way - make it a day ahead and cut the stress on Christmas Day

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving for 10

  • kcal158
  • fat9g
  • saturates5g
  • carbs17g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre5g
  • protein4g
  • salt0.57g
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Ingredients

  • 650g parsnips, cut into even chunks
    Parsnip

    Parsnip

    par-snip

    The fact that the parsnip is a member of the carrot family comes as no surprise - it looks just…

  • 650g swede, cut into same size chunks as the parsnips
    Swede

    Swede

    sw-ee-d

    A member of the cabbage family, the swede is often confused with the turnip, though they look…

  • 142ml tub soured cream
  • 1 rounded tbsp hot horseradish (English Provender is good)
  • 2 tbsp fresh thyme leaves

    Thyme

    This popular herb grows in Europe, especially the Mediterranean, and is a member of the mint…

  • butter, for greasing
    Butter

    Butter

    butt-err

    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

For the butter topping

  • 50g butter
    Butter

    Butter

    butt-err

    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
    Onion

    Onion

    un-yun

    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 50g fresh white breadcrumbs (from about 4 slices)
  • a small handful thyme leaves, plus extra for scattering

    Thyme

    This popular herb grows in Europe, especially the Mediterranean, and is a member of the mint…

  • 25g parmesan, coarsely grated
    Parmesan

    Parmesan

    parm-ee-zan

    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…

Method

  1. In a large pan of boiling salted water, cook the parsnips and swede, covered, for about 20 minutes until tender. Drain well, then mash them together using a masher or food processor until reasonably smooth but still with a bit of texture. Stir in the soured cream, horseradish and thyme and season with salt and pepper.

  2. Spoon into a buttered shallow ovenproof dish and put to one side.

  3. Make the topping. Melt the butter in a frying pan and cook the onion for 5-6 minutes, until gorgeously golden. Mix in the breadcrumbs and stir to brown and crisp a little. Season with salt and pepper and add the thyme. Take the pan off the heat. Spoon the mixture casually over the top of the mash. Scatter over the parmesan. (Can be made ahead to this point and kept covered in the fridge for up to a day. Or can be frozen for up to a month.)

  4. Bake with the turkey (190C/gas 5/ fan 170C) for 35-40 minutes if doing from cold, 25-30 minutes if not, or 11⁄2-13⁄4 hours from frozen (put foil on top, and remove it for the last 10 minutes) – until golden and crisp on top. Serve scattered with a few more thyme sprigs and leaves.

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sciencegirl
24th Jan, 2012
5.05
My boyfriend loved me twice as much after I made this.
katiebutler
9th Dec, 2011
5.05
This is lovely great for numbers and dead easy
mandybroon
23rd Nov, 2011
This is a great recipe for Christmas - very easy to make, can freeze in advance and goes straight from freezer to oven so can be prepared well in advance. A favourite for Christmas dinner every year!
candj23
7th Nov, 2011
5.05
Served this with a Beef & Mushroom Casserole. It was absolutely fantastic and went down well with all my guests. Definitely a favorite now and one that I am sure to be making many times in the colder months. Delicious.
libby17
16th Feb, 2011
4.05
Made this for a family gathering and there was masses for everyone - certainly serves more than 10. Great to make beforehand - it turned out fine after being frozen. Impressive too! Will make it again.
julietulip
22nd Jan, 2011
5.05
WOW ... what a treat. Really loved this recipe and will definitely make it again!! Was gutted that hubby wanted the leftovers for work as I'd have happily finished the lot!!! I tweaked the recipe slightly to use what I'd got in ... so mine had mascarpone instead of creme fraiche; a generous sprinkle of cayenne pepper instead of horseradish; dried thyme instead of fresh; and a mixture of cheddar and fresh parmesan in the topping. The vegetables I used were potatoes, sweet potato, parsnip and swede. Easy recipe. Thoroughly recommend and went great with the sticky cranberry pork recipe on this site. YUM YUM!!!
bridinb
26th Dec, 2010
5.05
This recipe is amazing and ery easy to make! We had it yesterday as a side dish with our Christmas dinner and everybody loved it. As we are big fans of carrot and parsnip mash I used carrots instead of swedes, the sour cream gives it a gorgeous creamy texture and it is very moreish! I halved the recipe for 4 people and it was more than enough. Delicious!
smaclusky
15th Dec, 2010
5.05
Love it. Make it on nearly every occasion - especially Christmas!
passiflora
12th Dec, 2010
5.05
This was delicious with carrots instead of swede/turnip and organic creme fraiche and I wish I'd made more. Will most definitely be making on a regular basis.
smaclusky
13th Jul, 2010
5.05
This is the best. I do this every Christmas and it disappears very quickly!

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