Old-Fashioned Mashed Turnip Recipe

 

Hundred-year-old Christmas menus sometimes included Mashed Turnips as a vegetable side dish, so I was pleased to find a 1918 recipe for Mashed Turnips. This rustic side dish has a delightful earthly, sweet, yet slightly bitter, flavor.

Here’s the original recipe:

Source: The Boston Cooking-School Cook Book (1918)

Here’s the recipe updated for modern cooks:

Mashed Turnip

  • Servings: 3 - 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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6 medium turnips

water

1 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon pepper

2 tablespoons butter

Wash and peel turnips; cut into slices or quarters. Put in a saucepan and cover with water; add salt.  Using high heat bring to a boil, then reduce heat, and simmer until turnips are tender (approximately 35 – 45 minutes).  Remove from heat and drain. Mash the cooked turnips, then stir in pepper and butter. Serve immediately.

12 thoughts on “Old-Fashioned Mashed Turnip Recipe

  1. Don’t think I’ve ever had mashed turnips,have eaten plenty of them raw ,also diced and cooked with the leaves…mashed would be fun to try.

  2. John and I agree on most things. On turnips, it’s a double agreement. We have yet to taste a turnip that we liked, so we agree we don’t have to try any more. I’m happy there are people on the earth who like them, and we gladly leave our share to others.

    Merry Christmas!

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