I just grabbed my third box from my CSA and I realized that I never reported about my battle with the massive turnip. This was my first experience with eating and cooking a turnip. Since it was so big I actually was able to use it in two different recipes. The first time, I chopped it and added it to the potatoes with Jamie Oliver’s Roasted Lemon and Rosemary Chicken recipe. . The chicken was divine and the potatoes were roasted perfectly but the turnip was lacking. It just didn’t have much flavor and it had an odd texture.
The second time we tried it, I followed the advice of the CSA and mashed it like mashed potatoes. My personal cooking rule is to add bacon whenever you have doubts about a recipe. I added bacon, cheese, and chives along with the mashed turnips. Initially, it was creamy and it had a nice root vegetable flavor. However, certain bites had an odd fibrous texture that made it difficult to finish. I talked to a coworker who had experience with cooking turnips and he thought it might have been due to the massive size and maturity. I know other people have tried similar methods and enjoyed it so I think I’ll have to try it again and report back.
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