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I have them sitting in the fridge, and would like to make them this weekend.

Any suggestions?  What do they taste like?  I'm an avid eater of carrots, rutabaga's and parsnips and love them.  I'm assuming these fit somewhere in this category somewhat.  Do they taste like parsnips?

Thanks for the suggestions!


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steam them......mash them into a puree

oven roast them in chunks

like you would any root veggie


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Peel them first the bitterness is in the skin and a bit below it.


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Peeled then roasted with olive oil and sea salt.

If they're young, raw as a yummy snack.

Lately I've been making this "frittata":
grated raw turnips
4 raw eggs, beaten
1/2 lb cooked turkey breakfast sausage
Heat medium size skillet on stove, add couple tablespoons olive oil or ghee or both.  Combine above in a bowl, pour into skillet, cook for a few minutes then put under broiler to finish cooking.

I cut into four portions and it's breakfast for the next four days.  My husband, who's not a veggie eater in the morning, loves it.


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Sliced, sauteed in oil with a little salt is good, too.


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I grew up eating them raw. To me they taste like a cross between a radish and a rutabaga. They are a little spicier than rutabaga but very similar.  Enjoy
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Dice them, steam them, then add some oil so they don't have any trouble sliding down into your sink's garbage disposal.  
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Mmmm I've recently become quite fond of turnips I've been roasting them along with other root veg with some olive oil and they've come out very tastey. Also I sliced them and used in a sort of baked dish - layer of turnip, layer of minced turkey bolognese substitute, layer of sliced onion, layer of turnip, covered with grated goat cheease and baked in the oven - yummy  


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When you cook them they get a similar flavor to cooked cabbage.  If you don't like that, just peel and slice them then eat them raw.

I was surprised that my husband likes raw rutabegas, they have a bit milder flavor, but even raw turnips are pretty mild.  The rutabegas didn't taste so great the second day, I don't know if that's because they were next to onions, or if they always get that way with time.


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Ok, forgive me for hijacking the thread, but I hope you'll enjoy this little story.

My mother is probably a super-taster, even more so than me, so about the only root veggies we ever had were potatoes (white and sweet), onions, and carrots.  When I was about 18, I was invited to a dinner at another family's home.  I don't remember what all was served, but I do remember there were some "mashed potatoes".  I thought their consistency was a bit odd, but different people add different things, so I thought nothing of it until I took the first bite.

They were definitely NOT mashed potatoes.  They were very bitter, and it was impossible to cover up my reaction (I was quite embarrassed).  I asked as graciously as I could what they were, and they told me "rutabagas".  I told them I had mistaken them for mashed potatoes.  I think they were mildly amused.

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I like them raw myself but I prefer the turnip greens cooked.
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Andrea! Great tip! (peel to get rid of bitterness)
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TJ, I'm a supertaster, I think, and I have no problem with lots of veggies.  However, I bet there are varying degrees of tasting.  The taster strips are really strong within the first 15-30 seconds and kind of makes me shake a little.  But, I don't taste it for hours afterwards.  That I remember, which I've heard some people do.  It does linger for a while.  

But dang, I actually love the taste of rutubagas and any root veggie I've eaten.  Actually, I don't eat radishes, they're not on my BTD or swami.  And when I've had them, they're pretty strong tasting to me.  Like make my eyes water and such.  I don't really like them.  But rutubagas and parsnips are SO good to me.  I've never had a turnip yet though, so, I'll have to reserve judgement till after.

It may be that the older you get, the more you like bitter.  Because it's weird, I like bitter now.  For example, when I was a kid, you know, young teenager, My sisters older friends would always be having parties with beer and just had to have beer and they would let me have a drink and I thought it was absolutely nasty BAD nasty.  Like nearly puke after one sip.  But, as I got older, I absolutely LOVE the taste of beer.  The stronger the better.  Guiness.  Mmmmmmmm  But I have to admit, it's been a long time since I've had one and maybe it was that I got used to the taste because I wasn't tasting as good as I should.  I don't know.  


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That was the only time I ever ate rutabagas.  I've gotten turnips greens with bits of turnip cut up in it, and the turnip bits are just nasty to me.  But parsnips, broccoli, and cabbage are fine.  Cauliflower is ok if it isn't overcooked, and Brussels sprouts aren't too bad if they are picked early enough.  So far, I haven't acquired an enjoyment for bitter tastes.

As they say, there's no accounting for taste!
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I use them as  replacement for white potatoes, they don't taste the same but the texture is similar when mashed. so try them on Shepard's pie in stead of potato. add a bit of butter or ghee.


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I like to mash them with squash, carrots parsnip and chives and garlic. I cook them in veggie broth. When ever I steam veggies, I put the juice in mason jars and use it in other recipes. Yummy
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I prefer to slice them like french fries and bake them in the oven in a pan sprayed with olive oil and sea salt. Make sure to turn them over, to get all sides like pan fries. They are awesome!!! To me they really resemble french fries! I do the same to rutabagas but to me they are not as tasty. What can it hurt to try them?

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I prefer to slice them like french fries and bake them in the oven in a pan sprayed with olive oil and sea salt. Make sure to turn them over, to get all sides like pan fries. They are awesome!!! To me they really resemble french fries! I do the same to rutabagas but to me they are not as tasty. What can it hurt to try them?

All the best!


Will have to try that. I have tried it with zucchini. Thanks for the nice welcome Lola.
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Quoted from Scota
I prefer to slice them like french fries and bake them in the oven in a pan sprayed with olive oil and sea salt. Make sure to turn them over, to get all sides like pan fries. They are awesome!!! To me they really resemble french fries! I do the same to rutabagas but to me they are not as tasty. What can it hurt to try them?

All the best!



I've done rutubaga's like this a couple times and totally love them!

I have enough turnips to try them a couple different ways.  I'm always scared to try something new though, as it might make me feel lousy.  But veggies are usually the easiest on my system.  For the most part.


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Great idea to use mashed on shepherd's pie instead of my usual mashed carrot or swede.


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I've cut them up and added to vegetable soup. But DD2 doesn't like them, so I only use rutabegas now.


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I roasted one with a little bit of oil and thyme and salt of course.  Actually not too much of either, as I wanted to get the taste.  I thought it was pretty good.  To me, it tasted like a super mild rutubaga with some mild butternut squash thrown in, and the texture was just like the squash.  At least when it was roasted.  I think I'll steam and mash the rest of the ones I have to see how that is.  

Thanks for the replies!!!


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It tasted super mild when roasted? Interesting! When simmered in soup, the rutabega is mild flavored and the turnips taste more "peppery" which DD2 doesn't like. She would pick out all the turnips and give them to me. With rutabega, it's much harder to cut, but she eats them, so I've stopped  buying turnips. These veggie soups are her main source of vegetables, so I want to make them attractive to her.


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