This holiday recipe emerged in my family a long time ago but made a heavy appearance during the great depression when money was tight for many. Because turnip is extremely cheap, can be grown in your own garden, and stored in a cool room it was an excellent addition to holiday meals. Though the economic conditions have changed this recipe still manages to make its way through the generations within my family. It is extremely simple to make as well as cost efficient but you may need to keep in mind when attempting to make this dish that not all people like the taste of turnip (but its worth a shot right?)
All you need to make this recipe is :
a few spoonfuls of butter or margarine
about 1/2 a cup of brown sugar (maybe a little more depending on the size of your turnip)
How do you make it?
First peel and chop your turnip. I normally chop it into about 1 1/2 inch pieces to help it cook a little faster. Once the entire turnip has been cut up throw it into a pot and fill it with water. Boil the turnip on a med-high heat until soft enough to mash.
Once the turnip is cooked use a strainer to drain the water and put in a bowl. Mash up the turnips and add in the butter or margarine and brown sugar. Once your turnip is fully mashed have a small taste test to determine if you need more butter or sugar. The turnip should be slightly sweet without becoming candy like. Serve warm.
Get the kids involved:
This recipe is almost completely kid friendly! Get the kids to pile the turnip into a pot as you cut them and allow them to pour in the water. Once the turnip is fully cooked and drained the kids can help mash them up as well as add in the butter and sugar. Make sure an adult is available to drain the pot as the steam and boiling water can seriously injure a child.