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Turnip Puff With Buttered Breadcrumbs

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Turnip Puff With Buttered Breadcrumbs

Two weeks ago, the very last farmers market of the year happened to fall on the same day as our final CSA veggie pick-up. I was thinking of this double whammy as rather tragic until Hurricane Post-Tropical Cyclone Sandy (it’s bad enough that they use these uber-generic names, must they also remove any remaining shred of dignity by reclassifying them as something as supremely clinical-sounding as a “post-tropical cyclone”?!), descended last Sunday. But the losses and devastation Sandy left in her wake gave me an injection of fresh perspective — while sigh-worthy, the lack of fresh veggies pales in comparison to losing a home, a car, or even just electricity for more than a couple of days. Hoping for a speedy recovery for the millions who got walloped.

But back to the recipe. That final delivery of veggies from our CSA included about five pounds of these gorgeous scarlet turnips. Scarlets are a mildly sweet variety that I’d never encountered before.

Scarlet turnips by Eve Fox, Garden of Eating blog, copyright 2012

So I turned to my favorite recipe resource, Food Blog Search and turned up this whimsically named recipe for a turnip “puff.”

Boiled turnips by Eve Fox, Garden of Eating blog, copyright 2012

The ingredients looked appealing to me – I like the idea of adding brown sugar and nutmeg to play up the turnips’ natural sweetness. And I certainly won’t say no to anything that is topped with buttered breadcrumbs… It also looked pretty easy so I gave it a whirl.

Buttered breadcrumbs by Eve Fox, Garden of Eating blog, copyright 2012

I made a few small changes to Kitchen Parade’s recipe, namely that I boiled the turnips with a potato since I’d read that this can help to remove any bitterness – then I mashed the potato along with the turnips (why not, right?) I also added a pinch of cinnamon and cloves to go along with the nutmeg. And after roughly mashing the turnips and potato, I added the rest of the ingredients and just used my immersion blender to blend it all together. The end result was nice – a hearty baked turnip mash that is mildly sweet and mildly spiced.

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Eve Fox

Eve is the creator of The Garden of Eating, a blog about food--cooking it, eating it, and growing it. She has a legendary love of aprons and can often be found salivating over the fruits and veggies at one of the many farmersí markets near her home in Woodstock, NY. Want even more recipes, photos, giveaways, and food-related inspiration? "Like" the Garden of Eating on Facebook, or follow Eve on Twitter or Pinterest.


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8:56PM PDT on Mar 9, 2014

I am certainly in the mood for turnips again since the last time I have seen this tasty recipe.

8:59PM PDT on Mar 10, 2013

Delightful and very tasty.

9:39AM PST on Jan 13, 2013

Thank you Eve, for Sharing this!

12:49PM PST on Nov 13, 2012


10:46PM PST on Nov 11, 2012

Sounds great, thanks

10:20PM PST on Nov 11, 2012

Thanks for sharing this.

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8:26AM PST on Nov 11, 2012


12:27AM PST on Nov 11, 2012

Yum! This looks good enough to eat for breakfast! I hasten to add that I have a bowl of porridge in front of me!

11:57PM PST on Nov 10, 2012

(Trying to cram in my points before midnight. No time for thoughtful comment, so...)

Good to know!

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