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Let’s Talk Turnips

Turnips are so misunderstood.  This time of the year in the South they grow abundantly.  I love turnips and they are good cooked by themselves or cooked with the turnip greens that are the top of the root vegetable.  My grandmother used to make cornbread dumplings in the broth that turnips were cooked in.  That was just delicious and to this day, I have never found a recipe for that anywhere.

Many people think turnips are cooked in boiling water sort of the same way as white potatoes.  I have evolved to cooking some vegetables in the microwave as it really retains the flavor of the vegetables and I think it doesn’t remove the vitamins and other good properties of the vegetables.  I prepare fresh corn, white potatoes and turnips in my microwave.  Here is how I prepare my turnips and actually, I prepare the other vegetables just about the same way.


Always select small turnips as they have more flavor and do not have such a strong taste.  I use about 6 small turnips that would make about two cups.  After peeling them, I slice them in my food processor.  this makes the turnips very thin.

6 small turnips peeled and sliced in the food processor

1/2 cup of water

1/2 teaspoon of salt

1/2 teaspoon of pepper

Microwave on high for about 10 minutes.  Test for doneness with a fork.  Serve immediately and season with margarine if desired. If you think the turnips are still a little bitter, you can add a pinch of sugar or Splenda.

I do not know where the phrase came from, “Fell Off A Turnip Truck.”  I only remember hearing that in my later years and never as a young child.  I think that was because turnips were held in high esteem when I was young.  If you want to know one of my darkest secrets, if I have turnips left over and see them in the fridge, I can take them out and eat them without even warming them.

So does that mean I am Southern because I love turnips and hold them in the highest esteem, I certainly hope so.

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