Cheese & Parsnip Mashed Potatoes Recipe
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Cheese & Parsnip Mashed Potatoes Recipe

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My young kids will eat parsnips in this dish! Everyone who tastes it loves the rich, slightly smoky flavor. —Jim Rude, Janesville, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 40 min.
MAKES:6 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 40 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 2 medium Yukon Gold potatoes
  • 4 small red potatoes
  • 3 medium parsnips, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 bacon strips, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup shredded Havarti cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream, warmed
  • 1 tablespoon minced chives
  • 2 tablespoons crumbled blue cheese

Nutritional Facts

2/3 cup equals 334 calories, 20 g fat (12 g saturated fat), 58 mg cholesterol, 477 mg sodium, 29 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 10 g protein.


  1. Scrub potatoes and cut into 1-in. pieces; place in a large bowl. Add the parsnips, bacon, butter, salt, seasoned salt and pepper; toss to coat.
  2. Transfer to a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Bake at 425° for 40-45 minutes or until parsnips are tender, stirring once.
  3. In a large bowl, mash the potato mixture with Havarti cheese, Parmesan cheese, cream and chives. Stir in blue cheese. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Cheese & Parsnip Mashed Potatoes in Taste of Home June/July 2009, p62

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Reviewed Nov. 11, 2014

"I wanted to like the directions for these potatoes I really did, I tried to follow them exactly as written twice and the potatoes and parsnips never got cooked enough to make good mashed potatoes. However, change the prep a bit and this mashed potato dish is HEAVEN! I cut the potatoes and parsnips and boil them until parsnips are tender about 20 minutes. Cook your bacon while they boil. Once the bacon is cooked you can crumble it instead of cutting. Then mash with all ingredients except blue cheese and bacon. Stir those in at the end."

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