18 Easy Ways to Cook With Turnips
Shaved Turnip and Grapefruit Salad
Fruity and just slightly spicy, Aleppo pepper teams up with grapefruit juice in a knockout vinaigrette, providing the perfect balance for the raw turnips. Turnips are high in vitamin C and have a good amount of fiber, to boot.
Stir-Fried Turnips With Bacon, Pineapple, and Greens
This makes a great main dish with the addition of stir-fried beef, chicken, or tofu—or leave out the bacon and make it fully vegetarian.
Roasted Turnips and Potatoes
Roasting the turnips softens their peppery bite, resulting in a caramelized flavor that goes perfectly with smoked paprika. Pair with roasted pork tenderloin and a salad to make an easy, company-worthy dinner.
Roasted Turnips With Sage Browned Butter
Sage and browned butter is a classic pairing that enhances roasted turnips (which look like white, oversized radishes). Toss with the butter mixture as soon as the turnips are done.
Braised Turnips With Greens
Winter white turnips peak from October through February. Like the tender baby turnips of late spring and summer, the smallest bulbs of this root vegetable yield delicate, sweet flavor. (Large turnips can be tough and woody.) Turnips are great candidates for a variety of cooking methods: roasting, braising, sautéing, and steaming. You can also thinly shave or julienne them to use raw in salads. Try this recipe to incorporate both bulb and greens in one dish.
Savory Turnip Gratin With Greens
Clear a place of honor on your table for this creamy and exceptionally comforting casserole.
Sage-Roasted Carrots and Turnips
Wrap the vegetables in a foil packet so they steam gently and are easy to flip all at once. Place the packet right on the floor of the oven so the vegetables cook through quickly.
Quick-Pickled Baby Turnips
Look for baby turnips with the greens on them for an elegant look that will wow. Trim greens to about 1/2 inch from the top of the bulb; then slice turnips vertically.
Garlicky Turnip Fries With Pomegranate Ketchup
It's turnip time! Take advantage of peak season, and serve up this delicious app.
Chicken With Turnips and Pomegranate Sauce
This comforting, winter dish makes use of delicious pomegranate in two ways: The juice goes into the sauce and the arils, or seeds, go atop the chicken for an elegant touch. One taste, and you know exactly what season it is. The roasted chicken, earthy rice, and peppery turnips are classic comforts, but it's the fruity pomegranate sauce that makes the dish sing. Family friendly and crazy easy to make, this is a chicken dinner you're going to want to add to your weekly rotation.
Cabbage with White Beans, Turnip, and Pecorino
Pair this quick side with roast pork or chicken.
Beef Pot Roast With Turnip Greens
With a warming broth, creamy potatoes, and the lemony flavor of thyme, this pot roast is a cozy and comforting meal during the holiday season.
Potato, Turnip, and Spinach Baeckeoffe
Translated from the Germanic Alsatian dialect, baeckeoffe means "baker's oven," as it was traditionally a dish that was brought to the local baker to cook in his oven. Classic versions are loaded with meat, but our vegetarian riff is equally hearty and rich.
Replacing familiar potatoes with wintry turnip and parsnip gives this gratin a slight sweetness that's deliciously different. The mild flavor of the veggies screams for a strong, pungent cheese; substitute an aged cheddar, blue cheese like Stilton, or Monterey Jack.
Beer-Braised Beef With Onion, Carrot, and Turnips
Ask your butcher to cut a 1-pound roast for you, or buy a larger one (especially if it's on sale) and freeze the rest for later. Use a dark beer that's not too strong; stout will overpower the other ingredients.
Roast Pork With Apples, Cabbage, and Turnips
Showcasing the best of fall's flavors, this hearty dish combines tart apples with smoky bacon, pungent cabbage, and sweet maple syrup. The apples and vegetables cook along with the pork so the flavors are harmonious. Full-flavored, tart apples, such as Granny Smith, Jonagold, Albemarle (Newtown) Pippin, Roxbury Russet, or Winesap, provide the best flavor.
Turnip and Leek Mashed Potatoes
Using a hand masher on the potatoes turns out a rustic mash with small, telltale "I'm homemade" lumps.
Creamy Turnip Soup
This soup is warming and comforting and works great as an appetizer to a large meal or as a main course with a winter salad and French bread.