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. I haven’t tried that yet but it may be next.
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
- 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
- Boil turnips in a pan of water that has been salted. Boil until turnips are fork tender.
- Drain turnips and mash with butter, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
- Add crumbled bacon and 2+ tablespoons of rendered bacon fat. Stir well. Taste and adjust spices as necessary.
- Serve warm with a sprinkling of green onion, if desired.