How do you solve a problem called TURNIPS?

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!


6 thoughts on “How do you solve a problem called TURNIPS?

  1. Carolyn Galizio

    First of all, I can’t believe you made this lovely meal after digging all day in your back yard!
    Next, I love the comment “turnips meet potatoes. I’m sure you’ll get along!”
    Finally, here’s what I did with the turnips: I washed them, cut them in halves or fourths depending on the size, placed them on a cookie sheet, drizzled them with olive oil, salt and pepper, and roasted them at 385 degrees for about 35 or 40 minutes. They were so sweet and delicious! And I didn’t think that I liked turnips! I had cut up one or two to eat raw in a salad. Kim liked them. I was much more partial to the radishes.
    But roasting….yummy!

  2. Melissa

    I think turnips in a stir fry definitely counts as creative! And mashed with potatos sounds yummy for sure.

  3. Elyse

    I like turnips raw. Peel and cut into matchsticks, they are great for lunch. Boring, I know, but I’m always looking for a new raw veggie that isn’t a carrot.


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