What to do with turnips?

For the first time ever, I planted a fall garden this year.  One thing we planted were turnips.  They’re doing great!

Now, until a year or two ago, I had never cooked turnips.  But my girls watched the American Girl movie, “Molly” and in this movie, the mom (played by Molly Ringwald!) mashed some turnips for her daughter and added butter to make them taste better.  My middle daughter was on me for weeks to cook her some mashed turnips.  So, I finally bought and mashed some turnips, and we liked them!  (Well, my middle daughter and I liked them — the other three members of our family, not so much).

So, since it’s a fall vegetable, I thought we’d try growing some of our own turnips this year.

Apparently when the turnips are ready for harvest, they just kind of “pop through” the ground.

Aren’t they pretty!

We harvested our first batch this past weekend.

So, if you are like I was a few years ago, you might wonder what you do with turnips?  What do they taste like?

Well, as I mentioned, we mash them.  To me, they kind of taste like a combination of a potato and a squash.

First, you scrub them down and cut off the tops.  I know that some people cook turnip greens, but that’s not something I’ve perfected yet.

Next, I peel the outer layer like a potato.  I might leave this step out next time, because I hate to cut off all that pretty purple, but it’s how I’ve always done them.

Next I chop them into big pieces and boil them until they’re fork-tender.

Then drain them, add some salt, pepper & butter, & mash them with a potato masher.

So, there you have it!  Mashed turnips!

Fit for an American Girl!

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A Christian wife, mother, daughter, photographer, amateur chef, homeschooler, pretend gardener, cancer-survivor and laundry-hater.

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