1.18.2009

Mashed Turnips with Parmesan

The turnips
There is a fantastic little market about a 10 minute drive from my town. It sells loads of different kinds of produce, has a fish market with a sushi chef, a deli with fresh prepared dishes, and lots of funky packaged products. I like to spend time just walking the aisles, usually I walk them more than once. The prices for the products are typically less than the local chain grocery store, and it is much more enjoyable to shop at this small market.

On a recent trip, I picked up the purple-hued turnips in the photo above. I wasn't sure how I was going to prepare my new produce purchase, but decided to buy them anyway. The turnips sat in my refrigerator for about a week and a half before my Turkey and Wild Mushroom Mini Meatloaf dinner a couple nights ago. My family loves Mashed Cauliflower, therefore I thought made my turnips would be good candidates for a mashed version of themselves.

Ooooooh! They did not disappoint. We liked them even better than the Mashed Cauliflower. Upon mashing, the turnips do not become completely smooth; the resulting dish is more on the chunky side. The addition of the Parmesan cheese is a pleasant contrast to the slightly sweet turnip flavor.

Break the mashed potato habit. Turnips are loaded with vitamin C, and Mashed Turnips with Parmesan are a welcome side dish to your winter dinner table.

Mashed Turnips with Parmesan

Mashed Turnips with Parmesan

serves 5

about 4 turnips, peeled and cut in large dice
1/3 cup shredded Parmesan cheese, with extra for sprinkling to top
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
salt to taste

Place the turnips in a large pot and and enough cold water to cover. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to a gentle boil. Cook turnips for about 20 - 30 minutes or until fork tender.

Drain well and return to pot. Mash turnips until they a slightly chunky. If necessary, turn the heat on medium and cook off any liquid that has accumulated. Add the Parmesan cheese and mayonnaise and stir to combine. Season to taste with salt and sprinkle with extra Parmesan cheese if desired.

16 comments:

VeggieGirl said...

Intriguing!!

That Girl said...

I think I would enjoy mashed turnips!

MaryBeth said...

I have never eaten a turnip before, what does it taste like?

Ginger said...

mashed turnips is something I would have never thought of but would definitely like to try. Thanks for sharing.

Laurel said...

I love turnips and feel like they are so neglected nowadays. I love to make them as "fries" This recipe sounds great, thanks!

EAT! said...

veggie girl - yes very intriguing and delicious.

that girl - give them a try - they are my new winter time favorite.

marybeth - they have a slightly sweet taste and remind me a cauliflower in texture.

ginger - since making mashed cauliflower and loving it, i thought mashed cauliflower would be good also.

laurel - i can't wait to try turnip fries!!

Chef E said...

Hubby and I eat a lot of turnips, greens, but have to cut back on cheese these days...I know it bites getting older!

ttfn300 said...

hmm, i'm intrigued. tried them once, honey-glazed and roasted. ok but didn't blow my mind. maybe this would be a better way...

MaryBeth said...

Thanks for the respond back.

Sara said...

I love turnips, will have to give this a try! I have a recipe for turnip and cumin puree that's also on my list.

recipes2share said...

Wow this sounds good. Parmesan adds such a great flavour.

Sara said...

Sounds like a good recipe.

I think I'll have to wait a week to try it since I am trying a celery root and potato mash tonight for dinner.

Maria said...

I think I could eat a bowl of those turnips! YUM!

Kevin said...

I like the sound of this side!

Girl Fisher said...

I've never had turnips until I tried this recipe. YUM! My turnips were small because they only made enough for two. I adjusted cheese and mayo as needed.

Anonymous said...

Just tried my first mashed turnip....(73 yrs old) darn if they don't taste like cauliflower. Yummm!