roasted turnip fries over
garlic-y sautéed greens

Most weeks, I find a vegetable in my CSA box that either, A. I’m unfamiliar with, or B. I don’t particularly like. This week, it was turnips. I’ve had turnips before, but I have yet to have them prepared in a way that has had me wanting more. While the flavor and texture may not be quite on par with potatoes, the calorie are carbohydrate density of turnips is much lower–about 1/3 as much. Additionally, the leafy greens that come with the turnips are also edible and extremely healthy for you, with a vitamin content rivaling that of kale.

To give the turnips a fair shot, I decided to make roasted “fries” out of them and sauté the greens the same way I sauté kale–with a high quality oil and lots of garlic.

ingredients

3-4 turnips, root + greens
3 cloves garlic, smashed and chopped (I just used more of my green garlic)
2 sprigs thyme
2 tbsp olive oil, divided
salt & pepper, to taste

step 1 – prep & roast your turnip fries

Pre-heat oven to 400° F. Chop the turnip root into french fry sized slices. I prefer mine to be a little more thick, like steak fries. Cover a baking sheet with foil and toss the fries with 1 tbsp olive oil, 1 clove of chopped garlic, thyme, salt & pepper. Roast for 30 minutes, flipping the fries at the 15-minute mark. I consider mine to be done when there is a slight amount of char on them.

Turnip fries in the roasting pan

step 2 – prep & sauté your turnip green

While fries are roasting, roughly chop the turnip greens. Heat the other tbsp olive oil in a cast iron skillet or non-stick pan over medium heat. Add the remaining 2 cloves of garlic and cook until fragrant (about a minute). Pile on the the turnip greens, season with salt & pepper, and continue to sauté until greens are fully wilted. Taste and adjust salt & pepper.

step 3 – dish up

I decided to pile my turnip fries on top of the turnip greens, but the two side dishes can absolutely be served separately. I paired mine with some leftover ribs Eric had sous vide and grilled for us the day before.

Turnip fries and Wilted turnip greens with ribs

roasted Turnip Fries and Garlic Wilted Turnip Greens with ribs

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