Do you ever have that Thanksgiving side that your family serves every year that is a little different, and nobody seems to remember why they serve it?

For our family, it’s turnips. My father used to demand turnips at Thanksgiving. So did his father. Honestly, we have no idea why, we just ate them.  They are an easy dish to make, very similar to mashed potatoes, and are a good interesting side. If you want to balance out the carbo-load at Thanksgiving, this is a good way incorporate a vegetable into the mix.

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Thanksgiving Side: Turnips

Harmon family
These creamy and tasty turnips make a wonderful Thanksgiving side!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Side
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

  • 4-5 large turnips peeled with a paring knife or vegetable peeler
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Peel turnips with a peeler or a paring knife.
  • Place in a large steamer basket and steam for about 20-30 minutes, or until they are fork tender.
  • Drain water out of bottom of pan. Melt 2 Tbsp of butter in bottom and return turnips to the pan. Turn heat to low.
  • Using a ricer or mashed potato masher, mash into a pulp. Add salt and pepper to taste and then leave cooking on low. This will cook away some of the excess liquid.
  • Serve and eat!
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Turnips with their tops cut off.

Turnips with their tops cut off.

Peeling the skin.

Peeling the skin.

Peeled and ready for the steamer basket.

Peeled and ready for the steamer basket.

After about 20 minutes, they are fork tender and ready to mash.

After about 20 minutes, they are fork tender and ready to mash.

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