The first lady won our pun-loving foodie hearts when she responded to Obama impersonator Imam Crosson’s question, “How many calories do you burn every time you turn up?” She said, “Turnip, for what?” and broke it on down to the Lil Jon beat. Seeing as it’s prime time for root veggies, we couldn’t have said it better ourselves. With the First Lady on their side, we have a feeling that turnips are going to be the new It food. So we’ve found 14 ways for you to turn up with turnips.
1. Roasted Baby Turnips With Spice Mustard: Baby turnips are a bit sweeter than their older relatives, and they’re good to go even with the greens still on. You can take on this recipe with older turnips, too. This dipping delight would make a great hors d’oeuvre for a fall affair. (via In Sonnet’s Kitchen)
2. Roasted Root Vegetables: We love marshmallow-coated sweet potatoes as much as the next person, but sometimes you just need to let the flavor of the veggies speak for itself. This recipe displays potatoes and turnips in all of their glory. With a touch of rosemary, roasting takes them to a whole new level of yum. (via A Couple Cooks)
3. Roasted Root Vegetable Salad With Herbed Goat Cheese: It may seem like salads are a summer game, but you can put any seasonal veggie on top of a pile of arugula. In this case, we’re topping it off with carrots, sweet potatoes, turnips and parsnips. With a sprinkle of herbed goat cheese, this will probably be the heartiest salad you’ve had in a while. (via Domesticate Me)
4. Vegan Puffy Tacos: Who says vegans don’t know how to deep fry? Inside this deep-fried shell is a mixture of roasted veggies — parsnips, carrots and, of course, turnips. All of that is topped off with a cumin-spiced homemade hummus which makes for a mixture of textures and spices that we could get used to in a taco. (via Eats Well With Others)
5. Colorful Veggies Falafel With Pickled Turnips: The vibrant colors of this rainbow falafel come from spinach, sweet potatoes and beets. Whoa. Talk about a fall flavor explosion. But what we want to talk more about is what tops it off — those pickled turnips. Flavored with apple cider vinegar, beets and dill, we’re pretty sure we could think of a ton of recipes to put this on. (via Golubka Kitchen)
6. Roasted Turnips With Brown Miso Butter: By themselves, turnips are really good for you. They’re packed with vitamin C, calcium and magnesium. But along with the probiotic powerhouse that is miso, they’ll keep you strong and growing. (via Our Four Forks)
7. Creamy Turnip Soup: We’ve seen butternut squash soup, pumpkin soup and sweet potato soup, so why shouldn’t turnips get their own soup? This one is made creamy with the help of Greek yogurt, and you probably have all of the other ingredients in your pantry. Cheers to soup season! (via Running with Tweezers)
8. Homemade Turnip Pickles: This pickling recipe calls for soaking the turnips for only a few hours. We’re impatient when it comes to food, so we couldn’t be more on board. It seems like we’re seeing more and more things being soaked in vinegar, and turnips have that perfect crunch for pickling. (via Gobo Root)
9. Turnip and Sweet Potato Gratin: Oh, gratins. How we love your gooey cheese and your starchy potatoes. This gratin recipe pairs up sweet potatoes and turnips for a perfect balance of flavors, all brought together with the gooey goodness of Gruyere. (via Martha Stewart)
10. Sweet Potato, Turnip and Parsnip Latkes: Latkes were once just a rustic potato game, but these days just about any root veggie can join the party. In these latkes, turnips play a supporting role to the sweet potatoes, balancing them out with a mild flavor. Top them off with sour cream, and you might just want the whole plate to yourself. (via Kitchen Confidante)
11. Roasted Turnips With Parmesan: This is how turnips do French fries. If you’re bored with your same-old-same-old fried spuds, these are a great alternative with an extra kick of spice courtesy of cayenne pepper and nutmeg. (via Martha Stewart)
12. Turnip and Feta Fritters: Greek flavors complement the turnip well. This recipe incorporates mint and feta, making for an exciting blend of flavors. And seriously, who doesn’t love a fritter? (via Greek Vegetarian)
13. Beet and Turnip Gratin: This is one of the most beautiful and colorful gratins we’ve ever seen. It’s like a rainbow of veggies! Believe it or not, besides a hefty amount of slicing, this recipe is pretty darn simple, yet totally elegant. (via Kitchen Konfidence)
14. Carrot, Turnip and Apple Soup If you want a soup with a bit more going on than just turnips, this one tastes like fall got blended and heated up into the coziest bowlful of yum you’ve ever had. Complete with ginger and leeks, this is definitely one you should keep stocked in the fridge. (via Life Love Food)
Have you ever cooked with turnips? Let us know how you “turnip” in the comments below!