Turnips may be a little tricky and intimidating to cook with at first. Once you figure out all of the great ways to use turnips, you’ll be hooked!
Wikipedia defines a turnip as ” a root vegetable commonly grown in temperate climates worldwide for its white, bulbous taproot. Small, tender varieties are grown for human consumption, while larger varieties are grown as feed for livestock.” However, the turnip offers so much more than its meaning!
Not often considered a must for diets, the turnip is often being overlooked. Turnips provide a great source of fiber and protein, while being low in calories and fat. They are also packed with vitamins.
So just how do you master the turnip? First, follow these tips if you are not yet comfortable. Turnips are a fantastic substitute for many potato dishes, and also a compliment. Try these quick and easy recipes from Realsimple.com for a test drive.
Sautéed Turnips and Greens
Cook peeled and cut-up turnips and sliced garlic in olive oil in a large skillet until tender. Add the turnip greens and cook until just wilted. Season with salt and pepper and a squeeze of lemon juice.
Roasted Turnips With Ginger
Peel and cut turnips into wedges. Toss with sliced fresh ginger, canola oil, salt, and pepper on a rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with honey and roast at 400° F until tender.
Mashed Turnips With Crispy Bacon
Simmer peeled and cut-up turnips in boiling salted water until tender. Drain and mash with butter, salt, and pepper. Fold in crumbled cooked bacon and chopped chives; top with shaved Parmesan.
Creamy Leek and Turnip Soup
Cook thinly sliced leeks in butter in a large saucepan until soft. Add peeled and cut-up turnips and enough chicken broth to cover. Simmer until very tender. Puree until smooth, adding water or broth as necessary to adjust the consistency. Season with salt and pepper.