tea berry-blue (teaberryblue) wrote,
tea berry-blue


If anyone wants to try one of the things I'm making for Thanksgiving Dinner (And because I need a break before I go mix the salad dressing), I'm writing up my own recipe for mashed root veggies-- they're like confetti-colored mashed potatoes, except lighter and butterier. It is also a great alternative to sweet potatoes, squash, or yams for someone who needs a less-sugary Thanksgiving (my grandfather is diabetic, so I need to watch what I put in the meal!)

You will need:

3 bay leaves
1 tbs whole peppercorns
5 sprigs of thyme
1 lb each of: rutabaga, carrots, potatoes (I used red bliss), and parsnips.
5 cloves of garlic
1 large onion
1 cup vermouth
salt to taste
2 tbs chopped fresh parsley
1 1/2 stick of salter butter

To start, get a clean washcloth and some dental floss. Put the first three ingredients (bay, peppercorns, and thyme) inside the washcloth and wrap it up tight. tie it with dental floss so nothing can come out. Now put it in a big soup pot.

Chop all of the vegetables into 1 or 2 inch chunks. Put them in the pot.

Peel and moosh the garlic with a meat tenderizing hammer. If you don't have one, you can do it with a fork or a regular hammer (make sure it is clean or put the garlic inside a plastic bag!).

Chop the onion up into fine pieces, like you would for a salsa or dip.

Put the garlic and onion in on top of the veggies.

Now fill the pot with water so it covers everything.

Pour in the vermouth.

Boil everything. Once it boils, put the top on and turn it to low. You will need to leave it for at least 20 minutes and possibly longer. Keep checking the vegetables with a fork until they are mooshy.

Pour out ALL the water. Now take out the cloth with the herbs inside.

Now get a potato masher and mash all the veggies up. They'll all keep their own colors, so you will have orange, white, and yellow polka-dotted mash.

Add the butter. Let it melt in the pot and keep mashing. Yum.

Now taste it. It's okay to use your fingers. See if you want more salt. Add as much salt as you like (I recommend 2 tsp), and pepper or any other seasonings you wish.

Mash some more.

Taste it again.

Now add the parsley.

Mash some more.

Taste it again.

You can add more stuff if you want to but here is where I call it done!
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