Friday, May 25, 2012

Turnip recipes

I've tried to plant root vegetables before, but this has been year we've actually had any kind of harvest.  I'm not a big turnip eater...actually, I don't know if I've ever tried them before this actual planting.  My grandma used to make turnip greens, but I absolutely can't stand them at all.  I can't get past the smell. 

Anyway, I planted 3 short rows.  For future reference, that's a lot of stinkin' turnips.  I've given away to all my neighbors, but have tried a few recipes for ourselves.  I won't post the Turnip Puff recipe that had Tera gagging and me trying hard not to. 

 Here are our favorites:

Turnip and Potato Patties-- The kids ate these up!

Cornish Pasties

1 pound ground turkey, chicken or beef or boneless beef round steak (I used ground chicken)
1 medium potato, peeled and chopped
1 cup chopped peeled rutabaga
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 Tbsp. minced parsley
1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp. dried basil
1/4 tsp. salt
2 pie crusts (mine were store bought)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Brown ground chicken.  Combine all ingredients in a bowl.  Place half of mixture on pie crust and fold over to form a semi-circle.  Crimp edges.  Repeat with other crust and meat mixture.  (I actually had a great deal of the mixture that wouldn't fit inside the pie crusts.  We just sauteed it later and ate it separate)  Cut slits in the top of the pasties.

Place on ungreased baking sheet.  Bake for 35 to 40 mins. or until golden brown.  Cut into wedges and serve warm with catsup or pizza sauce.  (No one in our tasting party wanted sauce...they were great plain)

Prairie Hash

1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
3 cups chopped cubed potato and turnips (whatever ratio you prefer)
1 onion chopped
1/2 cup chopped green pepper
2 tsps. Worcestershire sauce
salt to taste

Coat your skillet with cooking spray then add oil.  Heat to a moderate temperature.  Add veggies and saute on medium heat until browned.  Add salt and Worcestershire sauce.  Cook until your preference...we like our potatoes a little on the crispy side. 

Again, the serving suggestion was to pour catsup, chili sauce or leftover gravy on top.  We basically ate it plain again. 

I'd love to try these recipes found on pinterest: 

Yukon Turnip Gratin

Sweet Potato Turnip Mash

We also got a few small kohlrabi that we just ate raw.  All the kids really liked them--very small part you can actually eat, though.  So, I'm not sure we'll replant that in the future.  It's always nice to try new things. 



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