Sunday, November 29, 2009

The Turnip Test

My dad and I share an interest in cooking and we love to try new recipes. A few weeks ago, he tasked me with finding a delicious way to prepare turnips and I have been pondering it ever since. Before today, I had never even tasted a turnip. First order of business, I needed to taste a turnip. To me, it was somewhere between a radish and a potato... tuber texture with a sassy attitude. Now that my taste buds were armed and ready, I commenced Operation Turnip. After scouring food blogs and thumbing through cookbooks, I found several recipe ideas that convinced me that turnips and ginger would make for a delicious soup. Using a blender, I combined roasted turnips, fresh ginger, and cannelini beans to create a thick, rich base. I happened to have an abundance of turkey stock right now, so I added a few ladles of that into the turnip mixture. A little heavy cream smoothed out the texture to velvety perfection and I topped the soup with scallion and crumbled bacon. The end result was aromatic, robust and delicious. Mission accomplished.


  1. You're the only person that could make Turnips sound good. Keep up the good work, I look forward to your next experiment!