This is a great winter comfort food recipe for a combination of mashed potatoes and parsnips with some tasty additions. Its a really easy recipe with a great return on your investment of time.
1 1/2# pototes, peeled or not as you prefer (6 small)
1# parsnips (3 medium), peeled and cut into chuncks
1/2 cup 1/2 & 1/2 or milk
3 tablspoons butter
1/2 cup sour cream (optional, but tasty)
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
4 slices bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
2 tablespoons chopped chives (or parsley if chives are not available)
Salt and pepper to taste
Place potatoes and parsnips in a large pot. Cover with salted water and cook until fork tender. Drain. Add half-and-half and the butter to the pot and stir until butter is melted. Return hot drained potatoes and parsnips to the pot and mash, leaving some small chunks for texture. Stir in Cheddar cheese, bacon, and chives. Taste and season with salt and pepper.
Adapted from About.com Home Cooking