WWanda has done it again! Remember the old joke about Squash season? People see you coming and lock their doors, lol…guess you can have too much of a good thing. Wishing for a big garden and the flexibility to work one, I was laughing at the squash seaon thought on the way to work. What brought this on? Well….
WWanda met us in town the other day and loaded the back of the van with bags of fresh dug turnips and a large grocery bag of greens! What a friend :-) She told me I had to share. Whatever for? I love turnips, lol. I did have 1 taker for a few of the turnips. Too bad we don’t have root cellars here! I could get into growing root crops and having fresh vegetables all year long.
The only turnips I had ever eaten were boiled in water with chopped greens and some bacon. Mom loved them cooked like that but they didn’t love her, lol. I’ve only cooked them a time or two before, so this is a learning experience for me.
The first batch, I cooked and mashed like you would white potatoes. Those were excellent. Last night I scrubbed and cut the turnips into bite sized pieces, coated them in olive oil, added salt and pepper, then roasted them in the oven at 375 degrees. YUM! We will do more of those. Next time, I’ll add carrots, onions and some garlic. I can see those served with a roasted or grilled chicken.
Tonight, I washed about half the greens. Melted butter and a little bit of bacon grease in a large skillet, cut the spine out of the leaves, added salt, garlic, FoxPoint, and pepper. I sauteed the greens until they were tender. Served with fried ham slices and biscuits, they were very good. Strong flavored, sweet smelling and yummy. Think I’ll cook and freeze the rest of the greens. I like to use greens in my soups.
Any other ideas for using/storing turnips? Canning isn’t an option as I have a dislike of most canned vegetables. I don’t know what you would do with dehydrated turnips or even if they would dehydrate nicely. I don’t know if turnips would freeze well. I had a thought about shredding some and freezing them for soups or to add to sausage casseroles. Wonder how they would do?
Susan ~ Patchkat