Mashed Poturnipoes: Mashed Potatoes and Turnips

Not too long ago we received some turnips at our local Feeding America food bank. Neither Jared nor I have ever had turnips (at least as far as we can remember). Consequently, we didn’t know what to do with them. After surfing the web and not finding any recipes that jumped out at me, I decided to make mashed potatoes and add in the turnips to cut back on the amount of pure starch and add some extra vitamins in. Here’s what we did:

Two turnips
One pouch of instant mashed potatoes, flavor of your choice (we used sour cream and chive potatoes)

1. Wash, peel, and cube the turnips and then boil them until tender, about 15 minutes.
2. Add some butter to the turnips and mash them.
3. Prepare the pouch of instant potatoes according to the directions on the box.
4. Mix the mashed potatoes and the mashed turnips together.

Voila! You have mashed poturnipoes!

And the verdict? Absolutely delicious. The turnips added a somewhat coconuty texture to the potatoes, but it wasn’t too weird and the flavors were excellent. It ended up with a mild sweetness and an over all richness that I’ve never had in potatoes before. Definitely something I plan to repeat in the future.

To my readers: What’s your favorite way to have turnips?


About Dallas Funk

I'm a stay-at-home mom with two children (a seven-year-old son and a five-year-old daughter), 20+ years of writing experience, and a passion for food that has been developed over a lifetime of experimenting. Over the past 12 years of marriage, I have worked hard to learn all that I can to make my family all that it can be. My expertise has been primarily self-taught, allowing me to provide insights for the average person, whether they be an aspiring cook, a new mother, or a hopeful writer. I have studied and experimented with baking, cooking, budget meals, healthy and tasty alternatives to comfort foods, and even food photography. By combining my writing experience, my hard won cooking expertise, and my "everyman" outlook, I offer a special and unique slant to food and dining. In January of 2015, I will receive my MFA in Creative Writing, with a Popular Fiction specialty, from the University of Southern Maine's Stonecoast Writing Program.
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4 Responses to Mashed Poturnipoes: Mashed Potatoes and Turnips

  1. Great idea. I don’t do much with turnips and need to start!

  2. The potatoes are in a funky shape! 🙂

  3. Pingback: Chipotle Mashed Cauliflower | Adventures of a Picky Eater

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