If you are growing your own vegetable, then you might as well make the most of all of your crops. Turnip tops, also known as turnip greens, shouldn't be thrown away with the compost - the turnip has a lot more to offer than its root. Read this article to learn about recipe ideas for using turnip greens.
Cheesy turnip tops
Using the tops of purple or white turnip, you can make some very tasty recipes just like you would with a green vegetable or collard greens recipe or a salad ingredient. Turnip greens are high is various vitamins, calcium and lutein. Procedures Although turnips are like a swede vegetable, the taste of the leaves is a lot like mustard green. This means it goes great with any kind of cheese, so after washing and finely chopping your turnip greens, fry them up with a diced onion then put in an oven proof bowl and top with parmezan, cheddar or for a more intense flavour, a blue cheese before grilling. You could always add bacon into the frying mix, too, and for a crunchy top, mix the cheese with breadcrumbs or crisps before you put it under the grill.
If you are cooking turnips as part of a main meal, then this is a quick little dish you could whip up on the side. Lightly fry washed and shredded turnip greens in a little oil, then add a pinch of paprika, some Worcestershire sauce, some garlic and a drop of Tabasco if you wish. Leave to stew for 20 minutes until all the flavour is infused. This is a great dish to have with sweet pork.
Fruity greens salad
If you want to enjoy turnip greens as part of a barbecue feast, then lightly wilt the washed and roughly cut leaves and then drain, mix up with a little olive oil, a dash of balsamic vinegar and a handful of raisins. You could also add pine nuts or chopped walnuts, or some chopped dried apricots.
Hearty turnip green cassorole
So we've looked at a snack recipe, a side order recipe and a salad recipe for turnip greens but they can also be used as a basis for a filling casserole too. Chop up a good handful or two of greens, then fry in butter with a diced onion, add salt and pepper then either add a can of kidney beans or tomatoes or a can of mushroom soup, depending on whether you want a rich casserole or a creamy one. Add a dash or Tabasco if you are opting for the bean version, or put a layer of breadcrumbs with cheese on the top if you are having it creamy.