Creamed Turnips

by on February 24, 2006
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My experience with turnips has been very limited. I’ve had them diced in vegetable soup and in tiny cubes in frozen turnip greens, but I’ve never let them be the star of their own dish. That all changed last night when I prepared Creamed Turnips, and my life was forever transformed.

Well, that’s a bit of an overstatement, but I do think I will be using turnips a lot more in the future. The truth is that I had been harboring a vague fear of them because of a very bad experience with the similar-looking rutabaga. That fear arose again last night as I was chopping the turnips because they have a certain sharp odor when raw. But once they were cooked, any sharpness was gone and what flavor was left was delicate and delicious.

I’ve veganized and de-fatted this recipe from one of Alanna’s at Veggie Venture; she, in turn, lightened it up from Elise’s, at Simply Recipes. So, if you’re also a little scared of turnips, notice the fine pedigree that this recipe can claim and give it a try! It’s worth it.

Creamed Turnips

I could not believe how good this was! The combination of cloves and bay leaves gives the turnips a great flavor that’s not overwhelming. My husband pronounced them “very good” and my daughter…well, let’s just say that if you can let your kids believe that this is mashed potatoes, they’ll probably accept it better. I’m not saying to lie to them or anything, but it was hard to get E. to taste it at first; I swear she would have loved it if she hadn’t known it was turnips.

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1 Rebecca February 24, 2011 at 2:48 pm

where do you find fat free soy milk? ive never seen any.

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2 SusanV February 24, 2011 at 3:55 pm

I’m able to get it in my grocery store. I can’t remember the brand, but it’s in the aseptic packages.

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3 Lily March 7, 2012 at 3:12 pm

This recipe was a pleasant surprise! I have never had turnips and this was a great first experience with it. I plan to make this again!

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4 Alexandra February 26, 2013 at 6:41 pm

Good recipe; and nicely seasoned.

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