The parsnip and the princessMarch 27, 2009
Last weekend my friend, who is publicity shy and thus shall be known only as the Princess of the Parsnip, cooked us a brilliant Middle-Eastern dinner of delicious slow-cooked lamb with pomegranate seeds and yummy various herbage. There was also a divine salad, and a **ing amazing fig cake, among other things, for dessert – but what really got me all aquiver (apart from the scintillating company – a particularly nice bunch of dinner companions) was the most incredibly good dreamy creamy parsnippy mash on which the lamb was served.
At first I thought it was an extra-fluffy baba ganoush or something – had a similar delicately smoky flavour (somehow), and sooo beautifully, lightly creamy. But no, it was the humbly delicious parsnip, whizzed with lots of other decadent goodness.
So, I begged the recipe from the PP, and here it is. Apparently it’s originally from Gourmet Traveller, don’t know when. PP says: “In the cold light of day, I see I forgot to add the olive oil, which would have made it smoother and creamier, I think, but clearly it can be made without that and still be yum.” I second that – can’t think how the oil would improve it, but you never know …
- 4 large parsnips or 8 small, peeled, core removed (if woody) and finely sliced
- 40g butter
- 500 ml milk
- 200 ml sour cream
- 100 ml olive oil
Melt butter and saute sliced parsnips until tender 12-15 minutes. Add milk and cook for 5 minutes, season to taste. Leave to cool, cool. Blend or process until smooth, add sour cream, blend again. With motor running, add olive oil in a steady stream. Serve warm. Excellent with lamb.
(I used less milk than given here because that seemed like a lot and I cooked it down a fair bit but I guess depends on how thin you want the finished cream to be and how big your parsnips are.)
Many thanks to the PP, and lucky us. If you make it before I get a chance to, tell me how it turns out.
I just finished making the princess’s parsnip cream, as a side dish for dinner tonight.
Here’s a pic of it.
It is DELICIOUS and I now must put it under lock and key otherwise I shall scoff the lot before the guests arrive (I’m also attempting the umeboshi lamb rack suggested by Hamish under essential ingredients – yikes!) .
Anyhoo – make this. It is really easy and so goooood.