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Thread: The Great Turnip Challenge

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    We've been invited to my DIL's sister's new home in Delaware for Thanksgiving dinner. Hostess has issued a Turnip Challenge - each family is to bring a turnip dish and a prize will be awarded for the one voted best tasting. I usually just cook the turnips with a large white potato and mash them, add butter and seasoning but that's nothing really different or great. Love to hear how others make their turnips. May

    PS. What I call a turnip is the one with the yellow flesh and is usually cover with wax.

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    People actually eat turnips - on purpose!! :?

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    Ahhh real southern food!!!

    I like them just cubed up and boiled with some fat back and a pinch of sugar.

    Billy

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    Turnip pie. Just pretend you're making sweet potato pie. I use cloves in my pies btw. Don't think it would work otherwise.



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    Does it have to be just turnip? If not, here's one of my favourite recipes. Bonus, it's simple!

    Oven Baked Winter Vegetables

    8 peeled, sliced carrots
    8 peeled, sliced parsnips
    1 thinly sliced onion
    1 cubed turnip
    1/2 cup chicken stock
    1 tbsp cornstarch
    1 tsp thyme
    salt & pepper
    1 cup shredded asiago cheese

    Prepare vegetables and scatter in 9x13 baking pan. Mix chicken stock with cornstarch and thyme. Salt and pepper to taste. Pour over vegetables. Cover pan tightly with foil and bake at 400 for 1 hour. Remove foil. Sprinkle with asiago cheese and return to over just long enough to melt and lightly bubble the cheese (this may be done under the broiler).

    The vegetables can be mixed up in your own preference of quantity/variety. Basically it's the asiago cheese that's the key to yummy!

    Here's another:
    Honey-glazed Carrots and Turnips
    2 tbsp butter
    1 tbsp packed dark brown sugar
    1/2 tsp dried tarragon
    1/4 tsp salt
    1/4 tsp pepper
    1 lb carrots, peeled and cut in 1/2" diagonal slices
    1 lb turnips, peeeld and cut into 1/2" wedges
    2 tbsp honey
    In large deep skillet over medium heat, melt butter with brown sugar. Stir in tarragon, salt & pepper. Add carrots and turnips, drizzle with honey and toss to coat. Cover, cook until almost tender, about 10 minutes. Increase heat to medium-high. Remove cover; cook, stirring occasionally until liquid has evaporated and vegetables are tender and golden brown, 10-15 minutes.

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    Ok, now I'm hungry.

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    I love this challenge!!! Your family sounds like a lot of fun :D :D :D

    I love turnips and parsnips in soups, stews, and in just about anything!!! I will be keeping an eye on this post for more ideas!!! :wink:

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    I like purple turnips best. Just sliced thinly and salted which isn't really a dish. When I was a little kid my uncle used to carve them into drinking cups for me. You would get the kid vote with that, at least.

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    What an awesome uncle!!! Isn't it great how when someone takes the time to do something novel like that, the memories last forever and so do the smiles whenever you are reminded of it?

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    My grandfather lived in the panhandle of Oklahoma. A neighbor raise really big turnips. The whole town would go and gather these. He would fix them many ways, but I loved them fried in butter with salt and pepper, like potatoes. i think he put some onion with them and tiny bit of sugar.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by SaraSewing
    People actually eat turnips - on purpose!! :?
    My thoughts exactly!!!

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    what's the difference between a turnip and a rutabaga?

    I also like whichever is the yellow one mashed and served with mashed potatoes. YUM.

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    White vegetables are yummy diced, boiled in salt water, drained and then mixed in a (sp?) bechamel cheese sauce.

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    Can't say I've ever intentionally or knowingly eaten a turnip :roll: Keep the ideas coming...maybe I'll try one (just so I don't tell family what it is).

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    The recipes b.zang posted look really good!!! I may have to try one of them for our church thanksgiving potluck next week. ;) I usually keep it simple....steam or boil turnip and carrots in a small amt of water..., drain, then mash with a little butter, cream, and br.sugar.

    The difference between turnip and rutabaga? Turnip is the one with the purple top, rutabaga is yellow. Both are good. :D

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    Hey gals, your recipes and ideas are great and some are funny too, keep them coming.

    Think I should have the hostess clarify which veggie she means. I call the yellow flesh one turnip when it think it really is a rutabaga, don't think I've ever eaten a white turnip. May in Jersey

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    My Swedish grandmother used to make "Rootmoose"

    Half white potatoes and half turnip, whipped up with butter, hot milk and

    s & p. Exactly like regular mashed potatoes plus the mashed turnip.

    Don't know if we all liked it because it was good or because we loved

    saying "Please pass the Rootmoose!" We always have it for

    Thanksgiving.

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    I had turnips once at a friend's house when I was about 14. The horror is still with me 50 years later!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    I love this challenge!!! Your family sounds like a lot of fun :D :D :D

    I love turnips and parsnips in soups, stews, and in just about anything!!! I will be keeping an eye on this post for more ideas!!! :wink:
    you're my kind of girl! i like the same things, too. all the roots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SaraSewing
    People actually eat turnips - on purpose!! :?
    My thoughts exactly!! :? :?


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    poor turnips. they get a bad "rap" ... like broccoli, cauliflower and brussel sprouts.

    i have learned to love the broc and the cauli.

    but, ok. i confess. i still have to be in just the right mood for brussel sprouts. and that ain't often. :lol:

    bean soup just isn't bean soup without chunks o'turnip.

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    I'm still adapting to rutabagas in soup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatriceJ
    i still have to be in just the right mood for brussel sprouts.
    use the smaller ones and criss-cross cut the stems before boiling. It takes a lot of the strength out. Somewhere I have a great recipe that uses the blanched Brussel Sprouts in a casserole with meatballs. It's really yummy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim's Gem
    Quote Originally Posted by SaraSewing
    People actually eat turnips - on purpose!! :?
    My thoughts exactly!!!

    Ditto!!!

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    Growing up in Germany, we had a root crop called black root. It looked like a thin carrot gone bad. Grandpa would scrape the outer skin off and Mother would have a cow because he did so with great enthusiasm. (Read we had to wipe down and mop the kitchen when he was done) They were prepared kind of like turnips and Grandpa and I were the only ones who liked them.

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