Cooking With Steve: Root Vegetable Mash

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Gonna take a break from posting my healthy recipes and post this for Thanksgiving – this is sort of “Mashed potatoes plus,” putting together lots of root vegetables.

The parsnips add a great flavor, and I suggest swapping in other root vegetables like rutabagas, and maybe kick it up with garlic.

It’s fast, simple, different, and a way to impress people!

  • 2 medium potatoes, diced (peeling optional)
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled, diced
  • 2 parsnips, peeled, diced.
  • About 4-6 cups of water

To prepare:

  1. Put all ingredients in a pot and bring to boil. Cover loosely and keep at a good boil until everything softens.
  2. Place vegetables in dish and reserve about a cup or more of the water.  Mash vegetables, adding water as needed to get a creamy consistency.
  3. Serve with butter, spread, or salt and pepper.

Steven Savage

Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup: Super Turkey Baste

Here’s my recipe, derived from a “Taste of Home” recipe from some years back.  It’s pretty much how I make turkey now, and has been for years.

1/4 cup butter
2 cups champagne (or sparkling white wine)
1 cup condensed beef consomme
2 medium onions, diced.

2 tsp celery salt
3/4 tsp pepper
1 tsp dried sage
2 tbsp dried parsley
1/2 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp marjoram

1) Combine celery salt, butter, pepper, 1 tbsp of parsley, sage. apply all over turkey.
2) Bake uncovered at 325 for 30 minutes.
3) While cooking combine champagne, onions, 1 TBS parsley, consomme, thyme marjoram.
4) Base with mixture, applying regularly throughout cooking cycle (probably about 3-4 hours), until center of meat is 180.

The turkey comes out juicy and spicy, and any fatty parts are just delicious as the soak the flavor up.  However, all the marinating is going to dilute the drippings so you may not want to use them for gravy (or you may like it, dunno, but it’s going to be more a beef gravy).

– Steven Savage

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