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Carrot And Swede Mash

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A proper roast dinner just wouldn’t be complete without a mound of carrot and swede mash. This delicious vegetable side dish is super simple to make and super comforting to eat.

Carrot and swede mash is such a tasty vegetable side dish. And it goes so well as a side dish to a whole load of family dinners – Sunday Roast, Sausage Casserole, Steak And Guinness Pie or as a replacement to ordinary mashed potatoes.

I tend to keep my swede and carrot mash simple, mashing it together with just a knob of butter and some salt and black pepper. But you can flavour it up with herbs and spices if you fancy.

carrot and swede mash seasoned with salt and black pepper in a bowl with a serving spoon in the mash on top of a wooden chopping board

Carrot And Swede Mash Ingredients

You’ll just need five simple ingredients to make the BEST Swede And Carrot Mash

carrots and a swede on a wooden chopping board next to a slice of butter and salt and black pepper
  • 1 small swede – peeled and chopped into rough 3cm cubes
  • 500g carrots – peeled and chunkily sliced
  • 25g butter – plus a little more to dab on top to serve (if you like – this is totally optional)
  • Pinch salt
  • Pinch black pepper

Equipment Needed

Everything you’ll need to make our easy carrot and swede mash recipe

  • Chopping board
  • Sharp vegetable knife
  • Medium sized saucepan
  • Weighing scales (or just estimate weights)
  • Butter knife
  • Potato masher

How To Make Carrot And Swede Mash

You’ll just LOVE how simple our mashed carrot and swede are to make and how good they taste. It’s a great vegetable side dish.

Step One – Prepare the vegetables

  • Peel and chop the carrot and swede – swede’s can be a bit tough to cut into, I find it easier to use a smaller swede and cut them in half before trying to peel them.
  • Try to cut the carrots a little smaller than the swede so that both are cooked around the same time.

Step Two – How to cook swede and carrot

  • Cover the carrot and swede chunks with cold water, add a pinch of salt then pop the lid on. Next bring the pan to the boil over a high heat, once it’s boiling turn the heat to low and cook for around 20-30 minutes.

Cooks Note! Wondering how long does it take to boil carrots? Or how long does swede take to boil? Well, really it depends on how small you chop them. If you try to stick to around 2-3cm it should only take 20-30 minutes for them to be tender when you insert a fork.

chopped up carrots and swede in a black Le Creuset saucepan placed on top of a wooden chopping board

Step Three – How to make carrot and swede mash

  • Drain the cooked swede and carrot pieces. You can do this in a colander or sieve if you find it easier.
  • Once drained, mash them up with a potato masher. If you don’t have a masher then tip them onto a plate and use the back of a fork to mash with.
mashed up carrots and swede mixed with salt and pepper in a black Le Creuset saucepan placed on top of a wooden chopping board
  • Once mashed, add a knob of butter and the salt and pepper then stir into the mashed carrot and swede. You can then tip into a serving dish and add a little more butter to the top so it melts into the vegetable mash deliciously.
carrot and swede mash seasoned with salt and black pepper in a bowl with a metal potato masher in the mash on top of a wooden chopping board

Carrot And Swede Mash Recipe Variations

Okay, so we’ve given you a really basic carrot and swede mash recipe – but there’s loads of ways you can flavour things up differently

  • Add a little extra indulgent flavour by using a herb butter. You can make your own just by finely chopping your herbs and whipping them into the butter using a fork. Carrots and swede work really well with thyme, coriander or chive butter.
  • Add a sprinkling of spice. Try nutmeg, ground coriander or even smoked paprika stirred into your vegetable mash.
  • Add in some more vegetables or, swap out the carrot or swede for any other vegetable you like – try sweet potato, parsnip, butternut squash or celeriac.

How To Serve Carrot And Swede Mash

There’s loads of tasty ways to serve our vegetarian sweet and tasty swede and carrot mash

  • Mix it into mashed potatoes for a root vegetable mash which you can use in place of plain mashed potatoes. You can eat this with bangers and gravy, bangers and baked beans.
  • Use the carrot and swede mash to top Shepherd’s Pie or Fish Pie as a vitamin packed alternative to plain old mashed potatoes.

Carrot And Swede Mash Recipe Tips!

Why is my carrot and swede mash watery?

It can be that you over-boiled the vegetables or that you didn’t drain them properly. You can fix it though – just tip the carrot and swede back into the saucepan or large frying pan and warm over a medium heat, stirring with a spoon, this will let some of the water evaporate off. So you’re mash will dry a little.

Is carrot and swede mash low carb?

It’s lower carb than plain mashed potatoes so if you’re wanting to cut out some carbs but still eat comfort food then vegetable mash can be a healthy alternative.

Can I freeze carrot and swede mash?

Yes – just cool the mash (within 90 minutes of making) then transfer to an air tight container. You can keep this in the freezer for up to 3 months. Defrost thoroughly before re-heating properly to eat.

Can you make carrot and swede mash in advance?

You can make this vegetable mash dish in advance. Cool it within 90 minutes of making and store in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 2 days. Reheat in the microwave thoroughly. Get more info on safe reheating of food here.

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Yield: Serves 4

Carrot And Swede Mash

mashed up carrots and swede mixed with salt and pepper in a black Le Creuset saucepan placed on top of a wooden chopping board

This delicious vegetable side dish is super simple to make and super comforting to eat.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 small swede
  • 500g carrots
  • 25g butter
  • pinch salt
  • pinch black pepper

Instructions

  1. Peel and chop the carrot and swede – swede’s can be a bit tough to cut into, I find it easier to use a smaller swede and cut them in half before trying to peel them.
  2. Try to cut the carrots a little smaller than the swede so that both are cooked around the same time.
  3. Cover the carrot and swede chunks with cold water, add a pinch of salt then pop the lid on. Next bring the pan to the boil over a high heat, once it’s boiling turn the heat to low and cook for around 20-30 minutes.
  4. Drain the cooked swede and carrot pieces. You can do this in a colander or sieve if you find it easier.
  5. Once drained, mash them up with a potato masher. If you don’t have a masher then tip them onto a plate and use the back of a fork to mash with.
  6. When you've mashed the veg, add a knob of butter and the salt and pepper then stir into the mashed carrot and swede. You can then tip into a serving dish and add a little more butter to the top so it melts into the vegetable mash deliciously.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 106Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 152mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 5gSugar: 6gProtein: 2g

Nutritional content will vary depending on the exact ingredients you use and how careful you are with measuring - this nutritional information is given as a general guide only and may not be accurate - you should always calculate your own nutritional information especially if you have specific dietary requirements.

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