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What The Heck Do I Do with This Turnip?

Welcome back to our new series, What The Heck Do I Do With This? Every other week, we’ll help you put a single ingredient from your Misfits Market box to delicious use. This week’s spotlight: Turnips!

Ah, the lowly turnip. We don’t know how it got such a bad rap, but this root veggie is due for some serious love. Why? It’s super versatile, for one. Basically anything you can do with a potato, you can do with a turnip. And it’s sweeter and creamier, if you know the right way to prepare it. Here, a few of our all-time favorite ways to use this underrated root veg.

Roasted Baby Turnips with Parsley-Mustard Vinaigrette

Top a salad, grain bowl or even pasta with this recipe from Food & Wine that lets the natural sugars of baby turnips shine. 

Sesame-Ginger Turnip Rice Bowls

A take on the stir fry that bears delicate Asian flavors, this healthful dish from Dishing Up The Dirt is easy to pull off on a weeknight and works well with other veggie proteins like seitan.  

Baked Turnip Chips

Salty with a touch of sweetness, this healthy snack by The Lemon Bowl requires only pantry staples. It can be made by thinly slicing beets with a chef’s knife if you don’t have a mandoline. 

Glazed Turnips

From holiday celebrations to weeknight anything-goes meals, this sweet side fits the bill for a quick and easy way to sneak in more veggies. If you roast chickens on the regular, definitely give this comforting preparation a spin as an accompaniment.

Parmesan Crusted Crushed Turnips

Cheese doesn’t make everything better, but it certainly doesn’t hurt. These smashed patties from A Chef’s Kitchen benefit from a hit of sharp Parm and could very well rank as a new favorite side for anyone who likes tater tots.

Turnip Gratin

We told you that nearly anything you do with a potato you can replicate with a turnip. So the next time you plan to slather your tater slices in ooey, gooey cheese, think about trying these turnips instead. The subtle nutty flavor of the turnip is the perfect complement to sophisticated Gruyere.

Pickled Turnips

This Middle Eastern-inspired treat from David Lebovitz makes amazing use of the turnip’s sweetness by creating a contrasting tanginess. Try these pickles on sandwiches, as part of a mezze platter, or anytime you want a quick, healthy snack.

Turnip and Pear Purée

Any form of mashed or puréed turnip is delightful as is, but combine it with a seasonal fruit, and you’ve got a knockout side in your arsenal. This silky dish is an absolute must-try for your next dinner party.

Can you freeze raw turnips?

The short answer is yes, you can freeze raw turnips. However, it’s not as simple as throwing your raw turnips into the freezer, you’ll have to do a little prep. When freezing raw vegetables, they need to go through a process called blanching and flash freezing. This helps maintain taste, texture, and nutrients. First, wash and cut up your turnips into equal pieces. While you do this, set a pot of water on your stove to boil. You will want it to be large enough to fit all your turnip pieces. Once the pot has come to a rolling boil, submerge the raw turnips for about 90 seconds. When the time is up, quickly submerge the turnips into ice water to stop the cooking process. To flash freeze your turnips, set them on a baking sheet with space between each piece. Next, you will want to place the baking sheet in the freezer for a few hours. Place the frozen turnips in an airtight container or bag, and they are good to go! When you go to use them, don’t worry about thawing them out. Just boil or bake them any way you want.

Comments (5)

I received two in my first box last week. I cooked them along with potatoes from the box, added parmesan cheese, butter, milk and dashes of salt & pepper, DELICIOUS!

Turnips are also good peeled, chopped, boiled then mashed. Add butter, salt and pepper and they are delicious. You can also add them to mashed potatoes for an extra flavor kick.

I got these in my box last week. I made Turnip fries. They were great. Even got the kids to eat them.

Buddy, my 2 1/2 y/o JackRussell terrier and I oven roasted slices which we found delicious!
Thinking of use
I got the last one with a pear and adding some nutmeg for “butter” on my homemade wheat bread!
Maybe there will be a pear in next week’s box! Turnips keep; pears don’t.r

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