I tried parsnips for the first time about a year or so ago. I love them. I think of them as sort of in between a carrot and potato. I haven't had them in a few months, for no reason in particular, I just sort of forgot about them. So last week, I saw some in the store and bought them. I made them the other night, super simple alternative to mashed potatoes.
1 tsp butter (or oil, or whatever you choose)
1 clove minced garlic (optional)
Step #1: Peel and cut parsnips into cubes while pot of water is boiling.
Step #2: Boil parsnips until tender
Step #3: Drain and place in boil. Add reset of the ingredients and mash.
I used my hand masher because I didn't feel like digging out the mixer and then having to clean it. Either one will work. I enjoyed my parsnip mash a bit more on the rustic side; creamy and chunky at the same time.
On a side note, I also use the hand masher to make guacamole.