Delicious Ways to Make Roasted Turnips
Cooking up a large batch of roasted turnips is a cozy and tasty way to bring in the chilly winter season. As with other root vegetables, turnips are very versatile in flavor and can be partnered with many different herbs and spices to compliment whatever meal you have planned. We are going to take a look at how to prepare turnips to be roasted as well as learn a few yummy recipes that are sure to please the entire family!
Cleansing and Preparation
As with any vegetable, it is important that you properly cleanse your turnips. You might notice that turnips have a very “woody” or tough composition. They also tend to have small ridges and notches throughout the exterior which collect dirt. It is so difficult to remove every bit of dirt from the turnip that it is much better to simply peel the turnip and discard the “skin” or exterior portion. To do this, you will need a sharp but sturdy knife. Cut the top and bottom portions away from the turnip, then lay the turnip with its flattest side down. Hold it steady with one hand while positioning the blade of the knife at the top of the turnip. Slice downward at an angle following the rounded shape of the turnip. The idea is simply to remove the outermost layer from the vegetable, so try not to remove too much of the “meat” as you do this. Continue the process until the turnip is completely naked (it should be completely white in color).
After the turnip has been peeled, give it a quick rinse under cold running tap water. Cut the turnip into cubes or wedges of the desired size. While doing this you should bear in mind that turnips are quite solid throughout and the larger the pieces are cut, the longer it will take for the inside to cook. This can often lead to a burnt outside while the inside of the turnip remains uncooked. Bite-sized pieces are usually best.
Basic Roasted Turnips
The most basic recipe for roasted turnips requires nothing more than turnips, butter, salt, pepper, and a well-oiled roasting pan. Start by preheating the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Next melt a bit of butter to coat the turnips, then pour it over the cubed turnips. Add salt and pepper (as much or as little as you like) to the mixture. Stir well until the turnips are evenly coated with the mixture. Spread them out onto the roasting pan and try to allow a bit of room between the cubes to prevent them from fusing together. Place the pan in the oven and allow them to roast for about 20 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and flip the turnips over. Put the pan back into the oven and allow the turnips to cook for another 15 to 20 minutes.
Maple Roasted Turnips
This recipe is a sweet alternative to the previous recipe. This is prepared the same way as basic roasted turnips with the exception of a few added ingredients. As the butter is melting, add two tablespoons of pure maple syrup to the pan. Allow the butter and syrup to heat until it becomes warm and runny. Add a healthy pinch of ground cardamom and about a quarter of a teaspoon of ground coriander to the liquid and mix well. Remove the liquid from the range and add a teaspoon of lemon juice, a quarter teaspoon of vanilla extract, and salt and pepper to taste. Mix well and then pour over the turnips. Toss them until they are well coated and roast them as directed in the basic recipe.