Root vegetable mash

As the seasons change from autumn towards winter and the temperature starts to drop we yearn for warming food. Stews and casseroles with mashed potato are personal favourites of Jean Vernon.

Root vegetable mash
Root vegetable mash. Image: Martin Mulchinock
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Give your mash a seasonal twist with this delicious version that includes a few root veg too. Sweet potatoes are another great addition, but this one with parsnips and carrots makes a great side dish to a hearty stew. You can even fry the leftovers and serve with eggs for breakfast. It’s a great way to use up what’s lurking in the salad drawer in the fridge, but for the best taste, use freshly harvested carrots and parsnips, dug after the first frosts for the sweetest flavour.

Root vegetable mash
Root vegetable mash. Image: Martin Mulchinock

Experiment with the flavours and colours and crush/mash loosely to preserve the colour contrasts.


  • 2 parsnips
  • 2 carrots
  • 4 potatoes
  • Sea salt
  • Cracked black pepper
  • 1 knob butter
  • 100ml double cream (not essential but adds richness to the mash)


  1. Chop up all the vegetables into 2-inch cubes.
  1. Boil in salted water for 25-30 minutes until tender, then drain.
  1. Add the salt, pepper, cream and butter and roughly mash leaving some of the vegetables intact to give a nice contrast of colour and texture.
  1. Serve with a casserole or stew.
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About Jean Vernon

Jean Vernon is a slightly quirky, bee friendly, alternative gardener. She doesn’t follow the rules and likes to push the boundaries a bit just to see what happens. She has a fascination for odd plants, especially edibles and a keen interest in growing for pollinators especially bees. She’s rather obsessed with the little buzzers. Telegraph Gardening Correspondent, mostly testing and trialing products and Editor-In-Chief for Richard Jackson’s Garden.
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