Confessions of a turnip hater

It’s true.  I hate turnip.  As a kid, my mom served it boiled and mashed.  (Yuck.  Sorry mom.)  As an adult, I once had a friend offer me a “turnip cookie”, which turned out to be thinly sliced, raw turnip.  (Yuck.  Sorry Jeff.)  It’s probably one of the few vegetables I don’t like.

So, inspired by the recent post by our nutrition student volunteers, I decided to tackle the turnip.  (Or perhaps it was a rutabaga?)

And what better way to tackle turnip than to test out a brand new recipe on a crowd of strangers who invited me to be the guest speaker at their sustainability potluck?  (Eek.  Sorry St. Margaret’s Bay.)

Enter the turnip puff…

Turnip Puff (from Treasured Recipes from Home by Kyla Pierik)

3 cups turnips – cooked and mashed
3 tbsp Butter
2 Eggs – beaten
3 tbsp Flour
1 tbsp Brown sugar
pinch Pepper
1⁄2 tsp Salt
1⁄2 cup Bread crumbs
Sprinkle of Paprika

Combine mashed turnip, butter and beaten eggs. Add dry ingredients and mix well. Pour into greased casserole dish. Top with bread crumbs. Sprinkle paprika on top. Bake at 375°F for 25 minutes. Serve.

I also have another version of the turnip puff recipe in the Food Action Committee cookbook, Eating By the Seasons, which calls for nutmeg instead of paprika and also a tablespoon of baking powder.  Feeling experimental, I did add the baking powder.  (I’m not sure if it made it fluffier or not.)

Anyway, the end result was VERY positive.  I got good reviews from my fellow potluckers and I might just be tempted to buy another turnip.

Yours in food,

3 thoughts on “Confessions of a turnip hater

  1. MILESTONE MAN is overjoyed that you have found a positive use for the humble turnip. A vegetable that is often overlooked in today’s modern society!

    You are obviously an excellent citizen of planet earth – carry on the good work!!!

  2. the photo you have provided shows a tan coloured flesh vegetable. if it has a sweet taste, this is a rutabaga. a turnip has a white flesh, and a sharp taste. when cooked together, they enhance the flavours of the mix, the rutabaga turning more orangey and the turnip gray. i grow both.

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