Turnips are root vegetables that are similar in texture to a white potato so they are a great substitution in most recipes calling for a starchy white potato. A white-fleshed turnip has a white skin with a purple-tinged top. A rutabaga, which is sometimes called a yellow-turnip is actually a relative of the turnip with similar taste and texture to the white fleshed ones. Small, young turnips have a delicate, slightly sweet taste. Fresh turnips are available year-round, with the peak season from October through March.
This recipe is an oldie but goodie…it’s a great accompaniment to any roasted or grilled meat, especially burgers or Italian sausage (pictured above). I love the spiciness of chili powder but you could use any spice you like or even just salt and pepper.
Spicy Turnip Fries (serves 2)
2 turnips (about 1 pound), peeled
2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
- Slice the peeled turnips into strips (like french fries).
- Toss sliced turnips with coconut oil, chili powder and salt.
- Place turnips on the prepared baking sheet in a single layer.
- Bake for 30-40 minutes, turning once halfway through baking, until evenly browned.
- Serve hot from the oven.
This recipe is a fresh and healthy alternative to store-bought pickle relish which is usually loaded with sugar and preservatives. You can adapt it to be a dill pickle relish or add a touch of stevia for a sweet pickle relish…both are super tasty!
Fresh Pickle Relish (serves 2, generously)
1/2 cup finely chopped bell pepper (red, green or yellow or combination)
1 medium tomato, finely chopped
1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
1/4 cup finely chopped dill pickle (I use Bubbies)
1 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
1/8 – 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
10 drops liquid stevia (optional for a sweet pickle relish)
In a small bowl, combine chopped pepper, tomato, onion, pickle, vinegar and salt and mix well. Set aside for at least 20 minutes to let flavors combine. Enjoy on grilled brats and burgers!
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