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Mashed Parsnips

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As The Chef prepared these on Sunday, our self-proclaimed “foodie,” Emily, asked, “what are we making?” To which The Chef replied, “mashed parsnips.”

“Oh-uhhhhh, OK, riiiiiiight,” Emily said, acting casual and stuffing a Reduced Fat Wheat Thin into her mouth.

“Do you know what parsnips are?” I asked. “Not exactly,” she said shamefully.

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But we are not about the shame here at Nummy! So I simply explained to her that a parsnip is pretty much what would happen if a potato and a carrot made a baby. And then I started thinking about how that would be like THE most inappropriate Veggie Tales episode ever, but it also might be kind of interesting… and then the lobster we were cooking to eat with these were ready, and that snapped me out of it.

Anyway, Emily doesn’t like mashed potatoes, but she thought these were “delish,” so we declare this a culinary victory. Observe:

1 pound of parsnips, peeled and diced large
1 cup half & half
2 tbsp butter
salt to taste
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 tbsp finely chopped chives

  1. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add parsnips and cook until fork tender.
  2. Drain parsnips and add the remaining ingredients.
  3. Mash to your desired level of creaminess.

The Chef points out that you can also do this with half potatoes and half parsnips if you want a less sweet result. Either way, it’s a go-to winter side dish.

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Chimmichurri Sauce

Another addition from Chef Brantley. This one I have licked straight off the plate before, so I can bear witness to the awesome. Chef says: This is great on any grilled meat or fish. You can also add a 1/2 cup more of olive oil to make a killer salad dressing.

1 cup of flat leaf parsley, packed
1/2 cup cilantro, packed
1/4 cup chives
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons of Champagne vinegar
6 garlic cloves
1 jalapeno, seeded
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

And yes I categorized this as Mexican food even though it’s technically Argentinian because, to be perfectly honest, I don’t think we’ll be delving into Argentinian cuisine quiet enough for it to have its own category. Plus I didn’t even know Chimichurri was Argentinian until 30 seconds ago. So there. Thanks Google!

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