1. Cut parsnips into 1/2 inch chunks.2. Place parsnips in a sheet pan, drizzle with olive oil and roast 20 minutes. At the same time, bake a sweet potato in the oven until soft.3. Peel and set aside.4. Boil macaroni in salted water, following package directions. Drain.5. Mash parsnips and sweet potatoes in a large mixing bowl.6. Add cream, sherry wine and salt.7. Add cooked macaroni and nutmeg and fold with cheese. Add more cream if necessary.8. Add mac & cheese mixture to a large well-greased casserole.9. Top with panko breadcrumbs.10. Bake in a 375° oven for 25 to 35 minutes, until browned.11. Top with chopped green onions and serve.
Chef Jasper’s Notes:Thomas Jefferson, the third president, is credited with introducing macaroni to the United States. I think he may have just added some parsnips and sweet potatoes to his mac & cheese. A great fall and winter dish, easy to make and something the whole family will enjoy! It is noted that Jefferson loved Virginia Ham so I recommend adding 1/2 cup diced Virginia ham while layering this dish!