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Old 06-28-2007, 01:34 PM   #1
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Turnip - what to do with it

Very embarrasing question, but I just got a huge turnip from a local garden and I have no idea what to do with it. I've actually never cooked a turnip. Can anyone give me some ideas of what to do with it? Of course I've found plenty of recipes doing a google search, but I'd like some direction from all of you. TIA!

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Old 06-28-2007, 01:36 PM   #2
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I think of turnips as a more wintery food, but I like to mash them like potatoes. They can also be roasted like potatoes with olive oil and herbs.
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Old 06-28-2007, 01:41 PM   #3
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I love turnips. Just cut it into large dice, steam them til they're tender, then mash them, lay some butter, salt and pepper on them and eat. They are delicious. I'm a purist when it comes to things like turnips and I don't want anything else to interfer with the flavor so I keep it simple.
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Old 06-28-2007, 01:41 PM   #4
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cube, boil, and mash as jenny and dramaqueen described.

add lotsa butter, s&p, and a minced fresh herb like rosemary or sage.

if you don't like it straight up, mash with nuked sweet potatoes, and add honey.
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Old 06-28-2007, 01:43 PM   #5
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I'm with the others, butter, s&p, maybe a bit of brown sugar if they are old.
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Old 06-28-2007, 01:54 PM   #6
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My preferred method of cooking is to cube mine, drizzle with evoo, sprinkle with kosher salt and roast in a 375 oven, turning to brown on all sides, until done.

They are also good cubed added to homemade chicken soup, or mashed, like the rest have said.
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Old 06-28-2007, 01:58 PM   #7
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I also do the steam, mash, butter thing, but I add caramelized onions, as my mother does.

LOVE 'em!

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Old 06-28-2007, 02:23 PM   #8
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Peel, slice, simmer, S&P. Better with greens! Save a slice or two to salt and eat raw!!
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Old 06-28-2007, 02:53 PM   #9
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I love turnips. Just cut it into large dice, steam them til they're tender, then mash them, lay some butter, salt and pepper on them and eat. They are delicious. I'm a purist when it comes to things like turnips and I don't want anything else to interfer with the flavor so I keep it simple.

that'S what I do.. or just raw, maybe with a lekka dip... ;o)
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Old 06-28-2007, 02:57 PM   #10
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First off - what kind of "turnip" & how "huge"? I only ask because some folks call Rutabagas "turnips" (aka "yellow" turnips), which are somewhat different from white turnips. White &/or purple-top turnips aren't usually allowed to grow "huge", as they then tend to be woody/pithy inside.

If you're actually talking about a Rutabaga, I'd peel, boil, & mash with your choice of seasonings - some folks like them sweet; some savory.

If white &/or purple-tops, I like them cut into bite-size pieces, boiled until just tender, & then tossed with a liberal amount of butter with some sugar to taste until they're "glazed".

Both types also work well in roasted vegetable mixes - especially good with plain roasted meats like chicken.
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