The CSA has helped me discover that my repertoire of vegetable dishes is deep rather than broad. Give me peas, green beans, corn, potatoes, carrots (and a few others – but you get the idea) – and I can come up with a thousand ideas. Give me turnips and all I can think is “How am I going to avoid throwing these away next Friday?”
Well, I came up with four things this week. First, the simplest, I sliced them thin and served them raw on a salad. Ok, boring, right? Second, I tossed them with an Asian stir fry in place of water chestnuts. Maybe a bit more interesting? Third, I mashed them with potatoes. And fourth, I grilled them with potatoes, onion, carrots, garlic scapes, and a bit of butter, salt, and pepper. Those last two follow my general strategy with new vegetables: marry them with something I know. So turnips, meet potatoes; I’m sure you’ll get along great.
I managed to use them up, but I feel a bit like I limped across the finish line of a marathon. So please use the comments to share anything you did with turnips this week, people. And then join me in praying for LOTS of peas this Saturday.
By the way, the picture is the rest of our grilled dinner tonight: cheeseburgers (with onion, red pepper, and of course, garlic scapes) and salad to go with the foil-wrapped, grilled veggies. A yummy summer dinner!