Swede, Carrot & Thyme Mash Recipe | Abel & Cole

Swede, Carrot & Thyme Mash

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Serves6-8 people
Vegetarians Gluten-free diets
Swede, Carrot & Thyme Mash

A creamy golden mash that's full of fragrant flavours, thanks to a handful of fresh thyme and a good grating of our favourite winter spice, nutmeg.


  • 1 swede
  • 500g carrots
  • A handful of thyme
  • 150ml full cream milk
  • 1/4 nutmeg
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 1 ltr boiling water
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1. Peel the swede and chop it into chunks around 2-3cm across. Trim and peel the carrots, then thickly slice them.
2. Warm 2 tbsp oil in a large pan, then add the swede and carrots and season with a small pinch of salt and pepper. Fry, stirring every so often, for 5-8 mins till the veg are lightly browned and softened. While the veg fry, fill your kettle and boil it.
3. Add half the thyme sprigs to the pan (keep the rest for later). Carefully pour 1 ltr boiling water into the pan – it will splutter when you add the water so just add a little to start, then pour in the rest once the pan has calmed down. Cover the pan with a lid, turn up the heat and bring to the boil. Once it’s boiling, turn the heat down and simmer for 15-20 mins, till the veg are tender
4. While the veg simmer, pick the leaves off the remaining thyme sprigs – you can push the woody sprigs through a fine mesh sieve. The sprigs will pass through the mesh and the leaves will collect in the sieve.
5. When the veg are tender, drain them then tip them back into the pan. Pick out the thyme sprigs and discard them.
6. Pop the pan back on a low heat and warm for 1-2 mins, stirring often, to sizzle off any excess water. Pour in 150ml of the milk. Keep the pan on the heat and warm the milk through 2-3 mins, stirring often. Take the pan off the heat and use a potato masher to gently mash the carrots and swede together.
7. When the mash is smooth, add the remaining thyme leaves and grate in a quarter of the nutmeg. Stir to mix, taste and add more nutmeg, salt or pepper if you think the mash needs it. Spoon the mash into a warm bowl and serve.
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