Roast parsnip & butternut squash mash

Roast parsnip & butternut squash mash

Juliet Bidwell provides the inspiration to spice up our side dishes and present a festive meal with a tantalising twist...

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Serves: 6

4 parsnips, peeled & chopped

1 small butternut squash, peeled & chopped

4tbsp olive oil

6 sage sprigs

4tbsp milk

salt and pepper

For families around the Weald, settling down together to enjoy a succulent roasted turkey on Christmas Day is the highlight of the culinary calender. But why stick to the traditional format year after year? Creative caterer Juliet Bidwell provides the inspiration to spice up our side dishes and present a festive meal with a tantalising twist...

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 190°C
  2. Roast the parsnips with two tablespoons of olive oil, season with salt and pepper and cover the roasting tin with foil and roast for 50 minutes, or until cooked.
  3. Roast the butternut squash with the remaining olive oil, season and roast uncovered for an hour, or until cooked.
  4. Mash the butternut squash and parsnips with a potato masher (it will not be a very smooth consistency).
  5. Add two tablespoons of milk, or a bit more to obtain a smoother texture.
  6. Chop 10 sage leaves and add to the mash and check the seasoning (salt and pepper).
  7. Fry a few sage leaves in a little oil to be added as decoration.

Based in Kent, Juliet's Catering creates innovative, creative and individually designed menus for a range of events including weddings, charity balls, dinner or drinks parties and social occasions. To find out more, visit www.julietscatering.co.uk or call 01797 270347.

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Photographs: David Merewether
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Recipes Type: Main Courses