This is a simple, classic dish served in Ireland. Two of my favorite root vegetables, carrots and parsnips, come together in a sweet and savory combo that is makes a lovely side dish. The Irish call this dish ‘Sunshine’ as well as ‘green, white, and gold’. And it absolutely does taste like sunshine.
If you haven’t tried it before, I highly suggest giving it a go this St. Patrick’s Day(or any day of the year, for that matter). This mash should be served with the vegetables left a little bit chunky, not smoothly pureed. Make sure to drain the vegetables well so that excess water does not make the puree to runny. Also, I prefer to use white pepper because I’m not a big fan of black speckles in this bright, pretty dish.
If you’re looking for more Irish recipes or St. Patty’s Day fare, here are a few sweet(HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE) & one savory(HERE).
- 12 oz. Carrots, peeled, cut into ½" slices
- 1 lb Parsnips, peeled, cut into ½" slices
- 3-4 T Butter
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- Parsley, chopped, to garnish
- Place the carrots and parsnips in a pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook until the vegetables are tender, about 15-20 minutes.
- Drain the vegetables and place them back in the pot.
- Add the butter(reserving a little for garnish, if desired) and the salt and pepper. Mash the vegetables together. Check seasonings.
- Place in a serving dish and garnish with a little butter and chopped parsley.
Sabrina Sue says
Awesome! I love your pictures! Beautiful site and unbelievable delicious recipes:-)
I definitely gonna try this carrot dish!
Thank you Sabrina Sue! You also have a beautiful site with beautiful pictures =)
Irish Carrot & Parsnip Mash – The Kitchen McCabe
Jen Q says
What kind of tool do you mash them with? I remember my Scotch-Irish Grama making this recipe when I was younger. I’m excited to make it and see if it’s a delicious as I remember.
Hi Jen! I put the cooked veggies in a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment and just mix until slightly mashed. You could also use a potato masher =)
SYLVIA GRIFFIN says
can this be made ahead and frozen?
You could try it! Let me know how it works out =)
Jane Archer Bodkin says
I just made this for my husband who is Irish (Galway bay) he said it reminded him of being small, just like the mash he got back home. It was delicious with roast pork! It’s a keeper