Puree du Jardin

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Every day you try to think of something to make for dinner. Sometimes the same foods come to mind but it seems boring. Or, it is something that you made not that long ago.

While shopping and picking up various vegetables an idea came to mind to make a new version of what used to be an old favorite. Mashed Potatoes. Pondering this idea a new recipe was starting to develop. So why not put this idea to the test.

You get home and start thinking of what to do and what to add. Now a new side dish is born and it is very easy to make and taste great. Besides, this is full of vitamins and nutrients that are good for you. And having a new side to your meal boosts the raves at your table.

Things You’ll Need:

  • 8 medium sized russet potatoes

  • 5 parsnips

  • 3 small turnips

  • 1 medium sized sweet potato

  • 1/2 cup milk

  • 1/2 stick of butter

  • 2 crumpled strips of wood smoked bacon

  • 1/4 cup sour cream

  • 2 teaspoons of garlic powder

  • 2 teaspoons of onion powder

  • 1 teaspoon of crushed dried parsley

  • salt and pepper to taste

Step 1

Get all four of the vegetables out to prepare. The first thing you want to do is peel all the vegetables. Once they are peeling make sure you wash them off or rinse them before placing them on your cutting board.

Step 2

Next is to cut all the vegetables up into large cubes. (about 1 inch cubes … give or take) The parsnips cut into one inch slices too.

Step 3

Put all the cut chunks into a pot of water. Cover the pot and cook at medium high heat until boiling. Then reduce heat to medium so pot will not spill over and cook until all the vegetables are fully cooked.

Step 4

This will take a while as the sweet potato, parsnips and turnips take longer than the potatoes. But don’t worry about the potatoes … they will not fall apart surrounded by these other vegetables. Amazing!

Step 5

Once all the vegetables are cooked all the way through transfer them to a large mixing bowl.

Step 6

Now take out your hand mixer and mash the entire contents of the bowl. Once the vegetables are more manageable and mashed add all the other ingredients with the exception of the salt and pepper. You want to season with those last.

Step 7

Either use the bowl everything is prepared in or transfer the mixture into a fancy serving dish and you are ready to serve. Enjoy!

Tips

  • The parsnips are hard like carrots but more so. Be careful cutting them into slices.

  • Parsnips, turnips and sweet potatoes take longer to cook through than when you just cook potatoes alone. Allow a little extra time for the whole pot of vegetables to cook through.

  • These vegetables are a great source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Iron, Potassium and Calcium to name a few. They are all root vegetables with the exception of turnips which actually grows above ground.

Warnings

  • With this large amount of vegetables start mixer at a low setting and as they start to break apart increase the speed on the mixer. Doing so will not make the mixer over work itself.

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