November 28, 2006

Savory Mashed Root Vegetables

Another new addition to our table this year was Savory Mashed Root Vegetables.

I'll admit, this side dish is where I had a bit of a snafu. I forgot to add in the carrots completely -- then once the other veggies had been boiling for 30 minutes, I realized my error and added them in. I boiled them, along with the other veggies, for about 15 minutes and called it good. This resulted in...a slightly chunky consistency. Overall it was still delicious, but I'll be sure to check my ingredient list next time around.

Savory Mashed Root Vegetables

3 pounds assorted root vegetables, such as carrots, parsnips, turnips, and rutabaga, coarsely
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

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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