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5 from 3 votes

Mashed Carrots and Turnips

Are you looking for a new side dish to go with your Thanksgiving dinner? We have the perfect recipe that is sure to wow your family and friends. This mashed carrot and turnip recipe will make them forget all about their favorite traditional sweet potato casserole! It's super easy to make, but don't let it fool you- this dish packs some serious flavor.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: mashed, steamed
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 197cal
Cost: $4


  • Vegetable peeler
  • Cutting board
  • chef's knife
  • Stovetop
  • 5-quart steaming basket & pot
  • potato masher
  • Measuring cups & spoons 


  • 2 pounds carrots
  • 2 large turnips
  • 3 cups water *to steam vegetables
  • ½ cup salted butter
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper


  • Prepare a 5-quart pot with water, and a steaming basket; set aside.
  • Wash, dry, and peel your carrots. Remove the tops of the carrots, by slicing off about ½ inch. Then, slice the carrot into one inch pieces. For the turnips, once you have removed the skin, trim off any rough edges of the root end with a sharp chef’s knife before cutting it into one inch cubes.
  • Add veggies to the steaming basket. Cover the pot with the lid, and steam for 25-30 minutes over medium-high heat. Your steamer or pot may vary, so I recommend checking them at the 25-minute mark to see if they are fork-tender. Just be careful because when you remove the steaming basket lid it will be hot.
  • Once fork-tender, drain any excess water from the veggies and pot. Add veggies back to the empty pot along with the butter, milk, spices, and sugar. Using a potato masher, gently mash the mixture. You want the veggies to be smooth, but still have some texture.
  • Transfer mashed carrots and turnips to a serving dish and add some minced parsley for garnish. Enjoy!


Nutritional value may vary and are meant to be a guide.
How to Freeze Carrots and Turnips
Mashed carrots and turnips are a side dish that freezes very well. Once cooled, transfer the veggies to an airtight, freezer-safe container. Freeze for up to 30 days. To enjoy, thaw in the fridge the day before serving. Heat in the microwave or on the stovetop.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 197cal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 296mg | Potassium: 484mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 19324IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 80mg | Iron: 1mg