Recipes,  Side Dishes

Smashed Parsnips with Mascarpone Cheese

I was catching up on my DVR over the weekend, and I saw an episode of Big Daddy’s House that had this recipe along with some stuffed veal chops. I immediately tracked them down on Food Network’s website (which is ridiculous to navigate – the shows aren’t even listed in alphabetical order in the “browse by show” section…I mean REALLY…who’s in charge over there?!). Anyway, these turned out great! They were nice and different for a side dish, but a little too sweet. I still took 2 helpings though…so they weren’t too sweet!

Smashed Parsnips with Mascarpone Cheese

Smashed Parsnips with Mascarpone Cheese
Big Daddy’s House – Aaron McCargo, Jr.

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Prep: 10 min
Cook: 20 min
Total: 30 min

1 lb. parsnips, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
2 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons sugar
½ onion, diced
½ cup mascarpone
¼ cup freshly chopped parsley leaves
1 ½ teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add the parsnips. Cook until the parsnips are tender, about 10 minutes. Drain.

Heat a pot over medium-high heat and add the butter and sugar. Allow to melt together. Add onions and saute until caramelized, 6 minutes.

Add parsnips to pot. Turn heat off and add the mascarpone. Stir together and mash, adding parsley, salt and pepper.

MacGourmet Rating: 4 Stars


  • Kim

    I love Big Daddy’s show. He makes some really good stuff. And, I’m totally with you about the food network website!! What is wrong with it? It’s slow and none of the filters work. I hardly ever go onto it anymore unless I’m desparate. I’ve been using receipzaar. Love that site. Glad you liked the Big Daddy recipes : )

  • Katy

    Ohhh, a new veggie recipe. I am veggie challenged and so I’m very happy to see this. It looks very good. I’m going to copy and save and spring it on the veggie-hating boyfriend LOL.

  • Ashley

    This one doesn’t taste veggie-ish at all, really. The flavors are so rich…it would be great to convert veggie haters!

    I only go to Food Network’s site if I NEED to find a recipe from one of their shows…it’s beyond frustrating!! I can’t believe they allow it to go on with such a horrible navigation system!

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