Parmesan Parsnip Mashed Potatoes

Every year I look forward to the Thanksgiving meal. The traditional Thanksgiving meal with little to no variation. You know turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, broccoli casserole, stuffing..etc. Christmas, however, is different. I look forward to Christmas dinner but there is room for variation. There could be prime rib or ham. Or heck even a seafood feast. The side dishes can be varied too and these Parmesan Parsnip Mashed Potatoes would be the perfect variation of everyone’s favorite side dish.

I first got the idea to add a parsnip to my mashed potatoes while channel surfing. Rachael Ray said that she often added one to her potatoes. To be honest, I had never cooked with parsnips before. So I took Rachael Ray’s idea and once again turned to the Flavor Bible to learn a little bit more about parsnips. I learned that they have a sweet flavor when cooked and pair well with butter, cheese, and nutmeg. All these lovely ingredients are in these mashed potatoes. Oh and I threw in some bacon too because, well you know, bacon makes everything better.

Parmesan Parsnip Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Serves 4 - 6 Prep Time: Cook Time:


  • 4 medium russet potatoes, peeled, diced
  • 1 parsnip, peeled, diced
  • 5 slices bacon, diced
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 - 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup grated fresh Parmesan
  • pinch nutmeg
  • salt and pepper to taste



Place potatoes and parsnip in a large pot. Bring to a boil and cook until fork tender. Drain.


While potatoes are cooking, cook bacon in a skillet over medium heat until cooked through. Use a slotted spoon to transfer to a paper towel lined plate.


Place cooked potatoes, parsnips, butter, 1/2 cup milk, Parmesan and nutmeg in the bowl of a stand mixer and whip until creamy. Add more milk if desired. Fold in bacon pieces. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Note: You can also use a handheld mixer for this. Serve hot.



Leave a Comment

  • Reply
    December 5, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    I’ve had this odd fantasy recently: potatoes mashed with banana. Oh, and we’ve had your version many times – excellent.

  • A little bit about me...

    Hi! I am Des! Welcome to Life’s Ambrosia where Dinner is served and memories are made. Here you will find over 1000 tried and true recipes for every possible occasion. In the last 10 years, this blog has helped millions of families put dinner on the table and create food memories. Let me help you too. Read more »

    Have new recipes emailed to you.