7 March 2010

Turnips and Tomatoes

Posted in food at 1:59 am by Tricia

Turnips are one of those not-so-familiar (to me) vegetables we get in our CSA share. In January I finally determined to use up the ones we had received in the Thanksgiving share. I’ve roasted them in the oven and glazed them on the stove in the past, but I was quite intrigued when I saw this recipe for turnips with tomatoes and cumin in Vegetables Every Day by Jack Bishop. I upped the cumin quotient a bit and used a can of Trader Joe’s tomatoes & green chiles instead of the plain diced tomatoes called for. The result was really good! Try this if you don’t mind overpowering the flavor of the turnips.

Braised Turnips with Tomatoes and Cumin

2 Tab olive oil
1 med onion, minced
1 1/2 lbs turnips (or what you have on hand), peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 tsp powdered cumin + 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
14.5 oz can diced tomatoes with green chiles
salt & freshly ground pepper to taste

Heat oil in a large sauté pan. Add the onion and cook over medium heat until softened, about 3 minutes. Add the turnips and cook over medium heat, turning occasionally, until lightly browned (about 8 minutes)

Add the cumin and cook, stirring to coat the turnips with cumin, for about 1 minutes. Add the tomates and salt and pepper. Cover the pan and reduce the heat. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until the turnips are tender (about 15 to 20 minutes).

Remove the cover, raise the heat to high, and cook until the liquid in the pan reduces to a thick sauce, 2 to 3 minutes. (Original recipe has you stir in 2 Tab minced cilantro or parsley, but I didn’t have any.) Serve immediately.



  1. MK said,

    Looks good! I made some turnips for the first time last fall — I roasted them. They were good.

  2. Which CSA did you use? How much did you pay, and was it all at once, or monthly? Would you recommend them? If so, can you please pass along their info? 🙂

  3. Tricia said,

    Hi Katherine,

    I’ve been a member of Tantre Farms for a long time (since their first or second year), and I really enjoyed it. We came to eat more, and more variety, of vegetables as a result of our membership. A full share might be kind of big for your family, so you’d probably want to share with someone.

    It would probably be hard to get a share through Tantre this year – they open to new members in January (after giving previous members first priority to renew) and fill up pretty quickly. However, there are lots of other CSAs in the area. Kim Bayer recently reviewed most at her blog, http://thefarmersmarketer.com . I decided to join Capella Farm this year – Tantre is now well-established and thriving, so it seemed reasonable for my dollars to help establish a new enterprise! Capella is one of the ones covered by Kim. In her most recent post, you’ll see that she’s doing a consulting service to match people to CSAs, so if you don’t want to read all her reviews or if you’re still confused afterwards, consider her CSA matchmaking service! [I used to share an office with Kim, but get no kickbacks from her for this mention. :^]

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