Turnips, the forgotten vegetable of Winter. Yet they are divine either raw or cooked. We have quite a few recipes for you to experiment with. And to add to that list is a simple Turkish dish of turnips and onions simmered using an a la grecque style, and finished with herbs. It is a simple and easy recipe.
The dish is very gentle, some might think it is bland. But it marries beautifully with a host of other, more strongly flavoured dishes. Just don’t overcook the turnips or they will go watery. Remove from the heat when juuuuust tender enough.
Turnips and Onions in Olive Oil
450g turnips, peeled and diced into 3cm dice
10 small onions or shallots, peeled, or 4 medium onions, peeled and halved
150ml olive oil
1 tspn sugar
2 cups water
sea salt and black pepper
2 Tblspn parsley, finely chopped
2 Tblspn dill, finely chopped (or 2 tspn dried dill)
2 Tblspn mint, finely chopped (or 2 tspn dried mint)
lemon slices or wedges
Place all the ingredients except the garnish into a large pan and bring to the boil. Cover, lower the heat and simmer for 15 – 25 mins or until the turnips are just tender enough.
Transfer the drained turnips and onions to a serving dish and sprinkle with the finely chopped herbs. Serve with the lemon slices or wedges.