Mashed Turnips with Bacon


Mashed Turnip with Bacon

I am not a fan of vegetables. Let me rephrase that, I am not a fan of some vegetables. I am getting better bit by bit. I still struggle with squashes and root vegetables but am learning if they are well seasoned or even roasted in some cases they are not so bad. Turnips are one I have really struggled with. We have received some in our CSA box the last two weeks so it was now time to figure out how to cook them so I could eat them.

Roasting was okay but still not very good. I even thought of the American Girl movie “Molly” where the mother adds a bit of butter to fry the mashed turnip in with a bit of sugar. Β I haven’t tried that yet but it may be next.

Verdict:

This was a heaven parting, “Alleluia”, we all loved this dish. My family could not get enough of them. In fact the pan was empty before the plates were even served because everyone wanted a little bit to “taste.” I ended up just serving some to everyone before dinner.

The bacon really made this. It is quite a bit of bacon and a bit of bacon grease but “Oh. My. Yum.”

Seriously. If you don’t like turnips but like bacon, this is the way to cook them. So easy. The hardest part is cooking the bacon and not eating the whole thing.

Mashed Turnip with Bacon

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs turnips, peeled and cubed
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • salt, black pepper and garlic powder, to taste
  • 1/2 lb. bacon, cooked to crispy and crumbled
  • 2 + tablespoons rendered bacon fat
  • green onions, if desired for serving

Directions:

  1. Boil turnips in a pan of water that has been salted. Boil until turnips are fork tender.
  2. Drain turnips and mash with butter, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
  3. Add crumbled bacon and 2+ tablespoons of rendered bacon fat. Stir well. Taste and adjust spices as necessary.
  4. Serve warm with a sprinkling of green onion, if desired.

22 Comments Add yours

  1. Christina Nifong says:

    I feel like you are not alone in your aversion to turnips. So glad you found a recipe that’s a winner. I’m linking my favorite turnip recipe of all time. It’s our go-to around here. You know, just in case some more of those veggies land in your CSA! πŸ™‚

    https://christinanifong.com/2016/02/06/turnips-anna-livia/

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      We didn’t get any this week but I am sure there will be more! Thank you!

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  2. LB says:

    I love turnips! My grandmother would always fry them in bacon fat as well, mash them, and mix them with sauteed onions. Its the best way to have them!!!

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      It certainly is! I usually barely choke them down and the kids picked them out when I roast them. We were all happy!

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  3. ggstratton says:

    I agree totally. I have been round and round with sweet potatoes and still don’t like them even 70 percent. I have however conquered radishes and love them. Now I am trying to find ways to like acorn squash and butternut squash. Good luck with your ‘not so favorites”.

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      I like acorn squash if it is cut in half, Roasted with some butter on the cut side and then a scoop of cottage cheese on top once it is cooked. Sounds weird but we like it.

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      1. ggstratton says:

        Never though about adding cottage cheese. That may be the ticket since I can eat that on anything. Thanx πŸ™‚

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    2. I am with you on the sweet potato thing Gina! The only time I “moderately” enjoyed them was at a restaurant and they were fried in duck fat and had some fancy truffle salt sprinkled on them.

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      1. koolaidmoms says:

        Ooo, that sounds good!

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        1. It really was! I mean, for a sweet potato, lol.

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      2. ggstratton says:

        I have had the blackened in ‘real’ butter and tolerated them. Lol😁

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  4. Jessica says:

    I LOVE turnips. You are going to make me quite popular come Thanksgiving time with this lovely recipe!! πŸ™‚

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you! Hope it is a hit!

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      1. Jessica says:

        They’ll drool over the bacon! Ha!

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  5. recipeboxgal says:

    When I eat turnips I just think, “it’s just like potatoes, it’s just like potatoes…” To try and get myself to eat them!

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Lol. But they don’t taste the same. The bitterness gets me.

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      1. recipeboxgal says:

        Very true. I usually don’t eat them solely by themselves, usually roasted with other veggies. This looks like a spectacular way to eat them, though!

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        1. koolaidmoms says:

          Thank you!

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  6. I am also with you on the turnip thing. Perhaps the bacon is the key!

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      For us it worked. It added lots of flavor and didn’t seem as bitter.

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  7. Great idea! Bacon makes everything better! πŸ™‚

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