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Roasted Turnips

Roasted Turnips
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Serves: 6-8 servings
 
Turnips have a slightly bitter taste to them, so cooking the onions in this recipe will be the key to getting more of a sweet taste out of the dish! The bigger a turnip is, the more bitter it tastes so aim to choose ones from the market that are about the size of a tennis ball.

Ingredients
  • 2 lbs turnips with purple tops, cut into wedges
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter, cubed
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 shallots, sliced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Toss together the turnips, butter, thyme sprigs, shallots, olive oil and some salt and pepper in a 13x9" baking dish.
  3. Roast until the turnips begin to soften (approx. 30 minutes).
  4. Adjust the seasoning to taste and serve.

 

Buttered Turnip Puree

Buttered Turnip Puree
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Serves: 4 servings
 
Mashed potatoes - except with turnips!

Photo Credit: Yunhee Kim

Ingredients
  • 3 large turnips, peeled and cut into uniform chunks
  • 1 quart milk
  • 3 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and gently smashed with the side of a knife
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
  • Salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Combine the turnips, milk, thyme and garlic in a medium saucepan. Set over medium heat and partially cover the pan.
  2. Bring to a gentle simmer and cook until the turnips are tender-the tip of a paring knife should go through without resistance (approx. 20-30 minutes).
  3. Drain the turnips, reserving the cooking liquid, and transfer to a food processor (discard the thyme sprigs).
  4. Add about 1 cup of the reserved cooking liquid and the butter, season with plenty of salt and pepper and puree until smooth. Add more of the liquid, if necessary. Serve hot

 

Slow-Cooker Ham with Turnips
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Serves: 4 servings
 
Crockpots are such a wonderful tool every cook should have! This recipe is designed to serve four - if you have a family bigger than that or want leftovers, we'd suggest two crockpots going simultaneously to ensure even cooking.

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Ingredients
  • 2 Granny Smith apples, diced (with skin)
  • 3 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 4 sprigs thyme
  • 8 large sprigs parsley
  • 1 tbsp pickling spice
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 4-5 lb smoked picnic ham (pork shoulder)
  • 1 lb medium turnips, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces (reserving the greens)
  • 2 cups dry white wine
Instructions
  1. Put the apples, garlic, thyme, parsley, pickling spice and brown sugar in a 5-6 quart slow cooker.
  2. Add the ham and surround it with the turnips. Pour in the wine and 2 cups water. Cover and cook on low, 7 hours.
  3. Remove the ham from the slow cooker. Add the greens to the cooker and stir to combine with the liquid. Return the ham to the cooker, cover and cook on high 30 minutes.
  4. Slice the ham and serve with the turnips, apples and greens.

 

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