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Old 04-05-2014, 06:29 PM   #1
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Has anyone eaten turnips as "fries"?

My cousin is on a medical diet that sounds exactly like a low carb diet and she ate turnips as fries tonight. She said they were gross, but I love turnips and wonder if anyone else has a different opinion? Also if so, how did you cook them? My family had fries tonight and I really wanted them, so this might be a good alternative for me! Thanks in advance!
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My cousin is on a medical diet that sounds exactly like a low carb diet and she ate turnips as fries tonight. She said they were gross, but I love turnips and wonder if anyone else has a different opinion? Also if so, how did you cook them? My family had fries tonight and I really wanted them, so this might be a good alternative for me! Thanks in advance!
Hi jerickson...

We love turnips, and find that soaking them in a milk solution draws out the 'gross' (bitter turnipy) edge to the taste. It's an old remedy for the astringent nature of bitter vegetables (my grandma who was born in 1906 taught me about this). If you don't have milk on hand, just dilute cream with water and soak them.

For non-pre-cooked veggies (like turnip fries), soak the pre-cut fries in a mix of cream/water for 10-15 minutes and then toss the liquid, and rinse & dry them before cooking.

Before using them in casseroles, I boil them in water to cover them and add a couple tablespoons of cream and boil them for 3-5 minutes and then let them sit in the water for 10 minutes before assembling them. It takes the edge off them, and softens them enough that they finish cooking thoroughly in the casserole.

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Old 04-05-2014, 06:56 PM   #3
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Thank you very much! My husband delivers milk so we have plenty of it on hand! I appreciate your suggestions, as I am still in the early stage and trying to incorporate as many foods as possible into my plan!
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I love turnip fries. I slice them as I would for potatoes, spread them on a pan, sprinkle with chili powder & bake @425 for about 20 or 30 min.
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On a keto site I saw someone from Montreal made smoked meat poutine using turnip fries. That must be the ultimate Canadian low carb dish, lol. I wish one of the 10,000 poutineries around here would do that!
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Unless you are stuck with a bushel of turnips, you might be happier with jicama fries. Nice and crispy, very satisfying and reasonable carbs - about 4g for just under 1/4 pound raw.
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Thanks everyone, I am going to try all your suggestions!
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Hi jerickson...

We love turnips, and find that soaking them in a milk solution draws out the 'gross' (bitter turnipy) edge to the taste. It's an old remedy for the astringent nature of bitter vegetables (my grandma who was born in 1906 taught me about this). If you don't have milk on hand, just dilute cream with water and soak them.

For non-pre-cooked veggies (like turnip fries), soak the pre-cut fries in a mix of cream/water for 10-15 minutes and then toss the liquid, and rinse & dry them before cooking.

Before using them in casseroles, I boil them in water to cover them and add a couple tablespoons of cream and boil them for 3-5 minutes and then let them sit in the water for 10 minutes before assembling them. It takes the edge off them, and softens them enough that they finish cooking thoroughly in the casserole.

Hope this helps...




I use turnips a lot, especially in soups, and I always do this. I usually use a 50/50 mix of cream and water but recently I was out of cream so I just used all milk and I found that the milk alone does a much better job at reducing the bitterness. I always rinse really well before adding to any dishes.
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Old 04-10-2014, 09:39 AM   #9
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No, but radishes make a good alternative as long as you cook them (fried or roasted) until they are a toasty brown (if you don't cook them enough then they still taste like radishes). Green bean fries are also good - you can toss them in oil and roast them until they become brownish.
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I love turnip fries. I have never soaked my turnips. I just peel, cut, and fry in pork chop grease when I cook pork chops. The grease seems to add just the right flavor I need. They are a tad sweeter than regular potatoes but really do the trick. Sometimes, I also fry with onions.
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We had them tonight. We have them all them. We fry them in our little fryer. Very good.
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I am going to try them tomorrow!
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So did you make them? What did you think?
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They were fantastic! I soaked them in the milk solution as suggested, fried them and put a little melted cheese on them. Nice alternative to potato fries!
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I will have to try the fries. I made scalloped turnips for Easter that were amazing. People couldnt believe they werent potatoes. I also soaked them in cream/water before assembling.
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