Potato Turnip Mash

Serves 4 with modest portions.


Mashed potatoes were a staple on the table when my kids were growing up, and they’re still popular at our family gatherings. Adding in another root vegetable like turnips is a good way to ramp up the taste and introduce additional nutrients. Some dried or fresh herbs add additional colour and flavour.

Since potatoes and turnips are of similar consistency, you can cook them together in the same pot.

Note, many recipes that call for vegetables are not exact in their measurements. I could weigh out how much potato or turnip I used, but the reality is that if my turnip is a little over or under, I’m just going to use it anyway. Cooking is an art, and much of what we do is by eye and by taste. Relax in the kitchen and go with the flow!


  •  2 medium sized Yukon Gold potatoes
  • 2 medium sized turnips
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1/3 cup milk (I use 2%)
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • leaves from several sprigs fresh thyme


  1. Peel, cube and wash the potato and turnip. I had slightly less turnip than potato. Place them in a small pot and cover with cold water. Cover and bring to a boil. Turn the heat down to low and cook until the vegetables are fork tender.
  2. Pour off the water, add the butter and let the pot sit covered for a few minutes. Using a potato masher, mash until all the potato and turnip is broken down. Add several grindings of black pepper and about half the salt. Pour in most but not all of the milk.
  3. Continue to mash until the mixture is smooth. Add more milk if required to reach the desired consistency. Taste and adjust the seasonings if required. Stir in the fresh thyme leaves.