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Spicy parsnip and potato mash

Diana Henry / 08 December 2015

Diana Henry's easy parsnip mash with cayenne pepper and cinnamon makes a lovely pie topping or vegetable side dish.

Spicy parsnip and potato mash
This spicy parsnip mash makes a delicious topping for shepherd's pie

Cooking time

20 minutes




  • 350g (12oz) parsnips
  • 200g (7oz) floury potatoes
  • 30g (1oz) butter
  • 2 tbsp double cream
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon


Parsnips aren’t just for roasting. Make this delicious spicy parsnip and potato mash by boiling the parsnips and potatoes until tender.

Drain, add the butter and cream, cayenne pepper and cinnamon, and mash.

Top, if you want, with finely sliced friend onions to which you’ve added cinnamon, chilli and a squeeze of lime.

This spicy mash is lovely on top of a shepherd’s pie or to accompany lamb chops.

For more alternatives to pastry, see our savoury pie toppings.


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