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spicing turnips

midtownDiner123 Dec 21, 2007 09:06 AM

what seasonings go well with turnips? i'm steaming them. there's a bitter bite to them that i want to mask a bit. i love penzy's so i'll take a rec if there's anything by them that would coordinate well.

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    ark1118 Dec 22, 2007 04:45 PM

    I always roast turnips, I think it really improves the taste. Coated with olive oil and tossed with pepper works best (I salt later-everyone seems to like a different amount of salt). Make sure you don't cook them for too long, mushy turnips are so dissappointing to me...

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    1. re: ark1118
      MysticYoYo Dec 22, 2007 04:47 PM

      Roast 'em! Turnips, parsnips, rutabagas all are lovely roasted with olive oil, salt, and fresh cracked pepper.

    2. shana Dec 22, 2007 06:16 AM

      I toss them with olive oil lots of fresh thyme and roast them in a hot oven as well - tossing them several times in the roasting then in the last 10 mins I drizzle them with some pure maple syrup - about 3 tbsps? it's the only way my husband will eat them - also yummy for parsnips.

      1. Euonymous Dec 21, 2007 09:26 AM

        I coat them with olive oil and sprinkle with salt, pepper, and garlic. Then roast them in a hot oven (400-450). They turn out great as the high heat seems to sweeten them a bit.

        1. Gio Dec 21, 2007 09:21 AM

          Generally, whether I'm either steaming turnips or roasting them I just use Kosher salt and freshly ground Tellicherry pepper and EVolive oil. I'm thinking though, that a sprinkle of either garam masala or 5 spice powder might be tasty. Both are available from Penzey's.

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