Turnip and carrot mash is a tasty combination of turnips, carrots and rum mashed together. It’s slightly sweet and is the perfect lower carb substitute for mashed potatoes at your next holiday meal.
Turnip and Carrot Mash
Turnips are underrated, and carrots are so common, but when you combine the two of them together with a few other ingredients, you have an absolutely delicious and comforting side dish that everyone will love.
Carrot and turnip mash is simple, inexpensive and such a pretty color orange too. Make this recipe ahead of time and heat it up just before dinner.
I received a copy of the book, Jubilee: Recipes from Two Centuries of African American Cooking, A Cookbook by Toni Tipton-Martin to review. As always all opinions are my own.
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Before we get to the recipe, I want to tell you about this beautiful cookbook that I recently had the opportunity to review, Jubilee – Recipes From Two Centuries of African American Cooking by Toni Tipton Martin. It’s so much more than a cookbook, and a pleasant surprise to say the least.
Even though it’s filled with amazing African American Recipes originally created throughout the years by enslaved chefs and master chefs it’s intertwined with interesting stories that relate to each recipe. I’ve found myself getting lost in the stories a few times when my initial intent intent was looking for a recipe.
There are so many recipes in this book that I want to try, like the Coffee Scented Short Ribs, Pot Roast with Rum, Jambalaya and Shrimp with Grits. Since we are heading toward the holiday season, I decided to make carrot and turnip mash and it turned out delicious just as I thought it would. I served it for Thanksgiving and it will be on our Christmas dinner table as well. I’ve made it twice once with the rum and the second time without. I highly suggest the rum version.
Here is what you will need to make Turnip and Carrot Mash
- Turnips or Rutabagas
- Honey and sugar (the recipe in the book calls for sugar and honey, I only used honey and it was sweet enough for us)
- Sea salt – the recipe calls for salt, I substituted in sea salt
- Heavy cream
- Black pepper
How to Make this Recipe
- Simmer the turnips, carrots, honey and salt until the vegetables become soft. Drain the vegetables and mash them with a potato masher or ricer until they are smooth.
- Cook the onions in the butter and add them to the turnips and add cream and cooking water to adjust the consistency to your liking.
TIP! A potato masher works well for a chunky mash which is what we prefer. If you like your mash smooth and more like a puree, add the vegetables to a food processor or a blender for a smooth texture.
Serve Mashed Turnips and Carrots With
- Pork Chops with Sauerkraut and Apples
- Orange Cranberry Chicken
- Turkey Cranberry Meatballs
- Home Style Turkey Meatloaf
Turnip & Carrot Mash with Rum
Slightly adapted from Jubliee Turnip and carrot mash is slightly sweet and full of flavor. Perfect for your next holiday dinner
- Category: side dish
- Method: stove top
- Cuisine: American
- 1/2 pound turnips or rutabaga peeled, trimmed and quartered
- 1 pound carrots, trimmed and halved lenthgwise
- 2 tablespoons sugar (you can leave sugar out and use 2 tablespoons honey which is how I make this dish)
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 teaspoon sea salt or to taste
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 1 to 2 tablespoons heavy cream
- 1 tablespoon rum (optional)
- black pepper (optional)
- Combine 2 cups of water, turnips, carrots, salt, sugar if using and honey (the water will not cover the vegetables)
- Bring the vegetables to a boil over high heat, then reduce to low and simmer cooking the vegetables covered for 15 to 20 minutes. The more cooked (tender) the vegetables are the smoother the mash will be.
- Drain the vegetables and reserve the cooking water. Mash the vegetables with a potato masher, food processor or potato ricer until they are at a texture that you like
- In a saucepan heat the butter. Add the onion and saute until they become translucent. Add the onions to the turnip and carrot mixture and blend well. Gradually add cream and enough cooking water or rum to adjust the consistency and flavor.
Keywords: turnip and carrot mash, carrots, turnips
Nutrition information is provided by Nutrifox, an online calculator and is meant to be used for informational purposes only. Even though I try to provide accurate information, these figures should still be considered as estimates.