Turnips Recipes

This is a great, basic way to serve turnips as a sweet side dish that can balance their mild bitterness. 

2 lbs turnips, peeled and cut into wedges
salt to taste
2-4 tablespoons butter
sweetener of your choice, like maple syrup, honey, etc. (about 1/3 cup or to taste)

In a skillet, combine turnips and salt with enough water to barely cover.  Bring to a boil, and then simmer until turnips are just tender, about 10 minutes or less.  Drain, remove turnips and dry the skillet.  Reheat skillet on high, add butter and sweetener and boil until mixture has turned amber colored, about 2 minutes.  Add turnips and cook until well coated with the sweet glaze, about 5 minutes.  Make sure to stir frequently to prevent sticking.  Serve hot.

This recipe is perfect in a cast iron fry pan!  If you don't have one, use your heaviest bottomed pan and watch carefully.  You might need to stir/add more oil more frequently to prevent sticking.  Either way, this is quite delish!

4+ tablespoons olive oil
¾ pound turnips, unpeeled, cut into ½ inch dice
¾ pound potatoes, unpeeled, cut into ½ inch dice
¾ pound carrots, peeled, cut into ½ inch dice
Salt and pepper to taste
Thyme to taste (approx 1 tsp dried)
½ pound onion, chopped

In heavy bottomed skilled, heat olive oil on medium.  Add all ingredients except onions and sauté at a gentle sizzle, stirring for about 15-20 minutes.  Try not to brown too quickly, reduce heat if necessary, &/or add more oil.  Add onions and continue to cook as above until veggies are tender and deep brown.

This is a basic recipe that can have anything else you have on hand added to it if you like.  My most recent version used purple carrots (which turned the whole soup purple!) and I added garlic and celeriac to it, also.  I love this kind of soup because it's so adaptable!

2 tablespoons butter or oil
1 medium onion, or two large shallots
3 cups turnips, peeled and chopped
2 cups carrots, peeled and chopped
4+ cups chicken broth or vegetable broth
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup to 1 cup cream or milk

Over medium heat, saute onion gently in oil until translucent, about 3-5 minutes.  Add turnips, carrots, and broth.  Bring to boil and simmer until veggies are tender, about 20 minutes.  Puree and then add cream and season with salt and pepper to taste. 
 

We added diced chicken to this and served it over rice with a dollop of plain yogurt on top.  Soooo good!  Great way to spice up plain turnips for those who are not big fans.

2-3 tablespoons oil
1/2 cup shallots (or onions), sliced
1 cup carrots, peeled and sliced
1 pound turnips, peeled and chopped
2 tablespoons tomato paste
salt and pepper to taste
3/4 teaspoon cumin
1/4 +/- teaspoon cayenne powder (to taste)
1 cup chicken broth

Heat oil in large skillet.  Add shallots and carrots and saute until beginning to soften, about 5-7 minutes, stirring.  Add the rest of the ingredients and stir to mix the flavors around.  Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook covered until turnips are tender, about 20 minutes.  Check salt and serve hot!

Other root veggies or cabbage or garlic or onions or anything else(!) can be added to this basic recipe to make a tasty and interesting medley.  Roasted vegetables are always sweeter than raw because the dry heat concentrates their innate sugars.

turnips, peeled and coarsley chopped or cut into wedges
olive oil
salt and pepper
dried thyme

Toss turnips with other ingredients.  Lay on a greased baking sheet and roast in the oven at 375 until tender and browned, about 45 minutes.

1 cup yogurt, plain
1 teaspoon salt
2 pounds turnips, peeled, and cut into 1.5” chunks
3 tablespoons oil
½ teaspoon cumin seeds
2 large shallots, peeled and thinly sliced
8 oz can of tomatoes in their juice
1/8 – ¼ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper

Pierce turnip chunks with fork & marinate in yogurt for 8 hours, in fridge.  Drain, reserving yogurt.  Stir-fry turnips over high heat in oil until browned, about 5 min.  Remove turnips and reduce heat to medium.  Stir-fry cumin seeds and shallots for 2 min.  Add tomatoes, cayenne, turnips and reserved yogurt.  Bring to boil, cover and simmer, stirring occasionally for 10 min.  Uncover, lower heat to keep from sticking and boil all the yogurt-tomato mixture away forming a sauce.

Availability: October-March

Storage tips: Refrigerate in a plastic bag for at least a few weeks.

How to eat: Turnips are a great winter storage vegetable. We like to boil and mash them with butter or use them in stews and soups.  

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