Sunday, April 20, 2008

Cooking Turnips

The actual word turnip is not unfamiliar to me but knowing how to cook it, I wasn't sure. Alice Waters' book The Art of Simple Food is great for looking up how to cook a specific vegetable. I've noticed that I can cook any vegetable with tasty results in butter and olive oil. Here's how I cook turnips all by themselves.

5 turnips

1 tablespoon butter

2 tablespoons olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

Cut the ends off the turnips and peel the skin off with a carrot peeler. Slice them thinly. Heat a large fry pan with olive oil and butter. Add a single layer of turnips and cook both sides until crisp. If the turnip slices are stacked too high, some of them will not cook through completely which tastes chewy and that's less desirable. I love all the different colors of turnips available. Our family of three ate that whole picture in one sitting. Turnips taste like spicy potatoes when cooked this way.

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