Turnips, on their own, don't look particularly interesting. They're not kohlrabi or daikon (maybe Asian vegetables just sound more interesting?) and we often think the humble turnip is outshone by its greens, which are sassy and spicy. Many of the recipes we see for turnips involve boiling and mashing them with potato, almost as if they were potatoes. But turnips are not potatoes! They have that slightly bitter-but-sweet flavor that we do, indeed, love, and we found some recipes that are anything but boring...
Of course, you can always roast turnips as you would any root vegetable (we did ours the other night with beets and brussels sprouts) or shove them under a roast chicken as it cooks. But we thought these recipes looked interesting and different:
- Pancetta and Sesame Coated Turnips (wedges that are fried and then baked- yum), from Bon Appétit
- Risotto with Turnips and Bacon, from Gourmet
- Indian-Spiced Turnips, from Tigers and Strawberries
- Cream of Celery and Turnip Soup, from Stephen Cooks
- Root Vegetable Stew with Cumin, Coriander, and Millet, from Tom Valenti, via Leites Culinaria
- Turnip, Apple, and Jerusalem Artichoke Soup, from Serious Eats
How do you like to cook turnips?
Related: Recipe: Roasted Fall Vegetables