Thank God for Good Directions and Turnip Greens

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Turnip Faux Fries

Turnip Faux Fries with Eggplant in the Background

I mentioned a couple weeks ago that I was going to attempt to try one new fruit or veggie each week to mix things up. I started out with the tomatillos and made salsa verde. I also bought turnips in the same trip but I had no idea what to do with them. So they sat for a bit while I avoided them.

I don’t think I’ve ever had a turnip before this. I wasn’t even sure exactly what a turnip was other than a root veggie. So I ventured into the abyss of cooking a turnip, actually two turnips. I found a recipe in my Food Network magazine that said to slice it up and bake it. Sounded simple enough.

This is where my adventure turned into a big ole mountain of heaven. I’ve got your interest now, don’t I? Turnip heaven. How could this be? Oh yeah, people. These turnips were so freaking awesome that I actually had to make an emergency trip last night to the grocery store to restock the turnip stash. No lie!

These turnips turned out like baked french fries! They were the simplest thing to make too. Keep in mind that turnips are lily white, so they won’t turn out a golden french fry color. They still taste good. Pretend they are exotic albino french fries.

Faux Fries

  • 2 turnips (mine were about the size of grapefruits)
  • Garlic salt, BBQ seasoning, or spice of choice
  • Non-stick spray

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Cut the tough ends off the turnips and peel the skin off with a veggie peeler. Slice into french fry shapes and spread on a baking sheet in a single layer. Spray lightly with non-stick spray, or you could live on the edge and toss in oil instead. Sprinkle with the seasoning to taste. Bake at 425 until slightly crispy – about 45 minutes.

I ate mine drizzled with vinegar and a bit of ketchup like french fries. They were killer that way. Then I had leftovers yesterday morning reheated in a frying pan with a little non-stick spray. They browned like hash browns. Seriously, I cannot get over this discovery. They are low in calories, carbs, and fat too so you can almost eat an endless supply.

I only used two turnips for the recipe but you can use more if you’d like. Just make sure to spread them in a single layer so they cook well. You may need to use two baking sheets. I must continue this adventure and keep trying new stuff.

Any suggestions on what should be next? I had one vote on twitter for kohlrabi.

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