Mashed Parsnips with Caramelized Fennel and Bacon
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Serves: 3-4
  • 1 lb parsnips (turnips are good too), peeled and chopped
  • 4 slices bacon, chopped
  • 1 small fennel bulb, thinly sliced
  • 1 clove garlic
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ⅓ tsp black pepper (optional, leave out for AIP)
  • Olive oil or bacon grease, as needed
  1. Add chopped parsnips to a large pot with enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, cover and cook until tender, about 15-20 minutes.
  2. While the parsnips are cooking, add bacon to a skillet and cook until slightly underdone.
  3. Add fennel to skillet with bacon and saute, stirring frequently until browned, about 10-15 minutes. Add garlic and saute additional 2 minutes.
  4. When parsnips are fork tender, drain water and return parsnips to pot. Drain excess bacon grease from the bacon/fennel mixture into pot with parsnips and mash with potato masher (or use food processor for a smoother texture if preferred). Add additional bacon grease or olive oil if more oil is needed to mash.
  5. Add fennel and bacon mixture to mashed parsnips and stir to combine.
Recipe by Vibrant Life Army Wife at