Salad Turnips


At Brave Child Farm, we grow Hakurei Turnips, a dependable and delicious turnip.  When you hear turnips you may be thinking those dense turnips that need to be roasted, but these ones are sweet, tender and absolutely delicious eaten raw or simply sauteed!  My daughter eats them like apples, right out of the ground (... well after its washed). 

I personally think these are best eaten raw (in a salad or for a snack) or pickled. But if you are interested in cooking them, here's a great recipe:

Sauteed Turnip with Bacon

4 - 5 Unpeeled Turnips with Leaves
50 g Bacon (2 - 3 slices)
1 tsp Sake (or white wine)
1 tsp Mirin (or 1/2 tsp sugar)
1/2 tsp Salt
1 tsp Sesame Oil

 

Directions:

  1. Cut the turnips into quarters or eighths depending on the size, the bacon into slices, and turnip leaves into 2 cm lengths.
  2. In a frying heat oil, and sautee turnips and bacon over high heat for 2 minutes. 
  3. Reduce heat to low, turning the turnips so the skin side is down.  Add turnip leaves and 1 tbl of water, and cover with lid.  Steam for 3 to 5 minutes.  
  4. Once the leaves have turned bright green, remove the lid, add the remaining ingredients, and sautee for another 1 minute.  
  5. Serve and enjoy!