Tuesday, July 14, 2009
How to make a turnip/rutabaga hater into a lover of root veggies.
I'm a master of disguise (with food that is ;) If you want to get your family to consume healthy root veggies but they balk, try what I do.
Most kids will eat mashed potatoes (minus those with sensitive gag reflexes). When we have an abundance of turnips I boil a few in with the potatoes and mash them together. This will work with rutabagas too, but they have different cooking times so you may need to start the rutabagas ahead of the potatoes or cook them in separate pans. I've had success getting my family to eat both roots when they are prepared as follows:
I never measure (except when baking).
Using about one cup of mashed cooked turnips or rutabagas for every two to three cups of mashed potatoes add to taste the following: Butter, half & half, one small bud of pressed fresh garlic, salt & pepper. Now for a special treat ... add anywhere from one teaspoon to a tablespoon of prepared horseradish .. mix well ... and serve steaming hot garnished with your favorite fresh garden herb sprinkled on top. No gravy needed.
This combination is always a 'smash' hit.
Tomorrow I'll give some tips for getting your loved ones to eat turnip greens.