Parsnip and chestnut purée

I created this recipe quite by accident one day but I’m so glad I did as it has quickly become a firm favourite. I had made a parsnip Dauphinoise but the cream split while it was in the oven and it looked horrible.  I didn’t want to waste it so I turned it into this cream of parsnip purée instead. Now, I make this deliberately as an accompaniment to roast pork, venison or goose at Christmas and it’s just delicious.

parsnip puree

  • 3 parsnips, peeled and chopped into chunks
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil with 20g melted butter
  • 300ml of double cream
  • A grating of nutmeg
  • 150ml chicken stock
  • Optional: a dozen vacuum-packed chestnuts, half to go in the puree, half chopped as a garnish. Frozen ones are good to use in the puree as well.

To make…

  • Butter an ovenproof baking dish and add the parsnips, oil and melted butter.
  • Roast for half an hour in the oven at 180º. They should be soft and golden.
  • Add the roasted parsnips, nutmeg and chestnuts to a large Pyrex jug or a bowl and using a hand-held blender, whizz it into a smooth, silky puree. Thin by adding the cream and stock Add a little more cream or stock if it appears too stodgy. Check for seasoning.
  • Put it into a warmed serving dish and garnish with chopped chestnuts.
  • This reheats well in a microwave or will keep warm in a low oven if you want to make it a little ahead of time.

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About Janet Davies @pigeoncottage

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3 Responses to Parsnip and chestnut purée

  1. Fantastic post! I just made chestnut crème, and am having fun seeing other takes on these fabulous little treats!

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