Best Tender Country Turnip Recipe – How To Cook Delicious Turnips Every Time

by Sherry Riter in Cooking  ,Food,Gluten Free,Grain Free,Recipe,Side Dish,Vegetable

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If you’re thinking about delicious country comfort food, you have to include a big bowl of turnips. Not turnip greens, but the turnips. This is a very simple dish to prepare and to have as a complete meal. All you have to do is serve a big bowl of turnips with a couple slices of fresh tomato and some vinegar cucumbers.

Best Tender Country Turnip Recipe – How To Cook Delicious Turnips Every Time

I know that vegans will say, “Oh no! Bacon!” but THAT is the main flavoring for this dish because it is a Southern recipe. Southerners love bacon in all forms, so thankfully it is completely grain free which also means it is gluten free. I obviously didn’t have to give up ALL my recipes when I was diagnosed with a grain allergy!

Let’s get it cooking so we can eat!

Cut the bacon strips into four equal pieces and fry them in the pan slowly.

01 frying bacon in small pieces

By cooking the bacon pieces slowly, it will help them to become crunchy yet remain soft and moist inside. Cooking bacon like this is almost an art form!

02 slowly frying bacon in small pieces

Be sure that the bacon cooks slowly until it is completely done and evenly cooked a deep brown color.

09 browned bacon pieces

While the bacon is cooking, wash and peel the organically grown turnips.

03 organic turnips peel and rough chop slices

Slice and rough cut the turnips and place them all in a pot.

04 organic turnips in pot

Here’s the “not as healthy” part of the recipe…

Add all the bacon drippings into the pot with the chopped up turnips.

Yes, I know I should think of an alternative to the bacon fat, but I just can’t give up this recipe.

05 bacon drippings (grease)

Add black ground pepper to the pot of turnips.

06 black ground pepper

Add the granulated sea salt.

07 white salt sea salt

To cut the bitterness of the turnips, add granulated white sugar.

08 granulated white sugar

Add the water and cook over medium heat stirring often. Be sure not to “turnip” the heat too high. (wink)

10 medium heat cook turnips stirring

When the turnips are cooked soft, remove the pot from the heat. Being careful that the steam doesn’t burn you, use a pastry blender to cut the turnips up into small pieces.

11 use Stainless-Steel Pastry Blender to chop soft cooked turnips

Serve hot turnips in a bowl topped with grated pepper jack cheese and some of the bacon pieces.

12 bowl of soft cooked turnips

Now let’s take a bite…

13 bowl of soft cooked turnips

Mmmmmmm, that was good! The turnips are tender. The bacon flavor is spread throughout the dish. The salt, pepper and sugar lightly season the dish. Such a simple combination and yet so flavorful and absolutely delicious. The pepper jack cheese adds just enough creamy smoothness and popping heat to totally excite the taste buds and take them to another level.

15 bowl of soft cooked turnips bacon pepper jack cheese

Would you like another bite? Don’t pause too long or you’ll discover that I can pretty much inhale this dish.

14 bowl of soft cooked turnips

This old country turnip recipe is absolutely and perfectly delicious!

Best Tender Country Turnip Recipe – How To Cook Delicious Turnips Every Time

Ingredients:

8 thick slices of bacon, each strip cut into 4 pieces
Drippings from cooked bacon
3 large organic turnips
1/2 tablespoon black ground pepper
1/2 tablespoon granulated sea salt
1/2 teaspoon white granulated sugar
8 cups water
1/2 cup pepper jack cheese, grated, optional

Directions:

Cut each of the bacon strips into four equal pieces and fry them in the pan slowly. By cooking the bacon pieces slowly, it will help them to become crunchy yet remain soft and moist. Be sure that the bacon cooks slowly until it is completely done which means it will be evenly cooked a deep brown color.

While the bacon is cooking, wash and peel the organically grown turnips. Slice and rough cut the turnips and place them all in a pot. Add all the bacon drippings from the cooked bacon into the pot with the chopped up turnips. Add black ground pepper, sea salt and granulated white sugar to the pot of turnips. Add the water and cook over medium heat stirring often.

When the turnips are cooked soft, remove the pot from the heat. Being careful that the steam doesn’t burn you, use a pastry blender to cut the turnips up into small pieces.

Serve hot turnips in a bowl topped with grated pepper jack cheese and some of the bacon pieces.

Servings: 3-4 bowls

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1 Skip_D August 8, 2014 at 10:19 am

mmmmmm… I love turnips & rutabagas (or neeps if you’re a Scot) fixed all sorts of ways… never had them this way, but it looks & sounds delicious, & as soon as I have access to a kitchen, I’ll have to give this recipe a try! yummmm!

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2 Sherry Riter August 15, 2014 at 6:23 pm

:D A nice earthy dish with humble beginnings.

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