Parsnip, Pear, and Potato Puree


  • 2 pounds parsnips, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 russet potato (about 12 ounces), cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 Bosc pear, peeled, cored, and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon Cognac
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature


  1. In a medium saucepan, combine parsnips and potato. Add enough water to cover and cook for 20 minutes. Drain in a colander.
  2. In two batches, puree half the parsnip-potato mixture, half the pear, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 tablespoon butter, and half the heavy cream in a food processor, pulsing until smooth. Repeat process and combine both batches in saucepan. Stir in remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and Cognac. Serve warm.
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