Simple Simmered Purple Top Turnips with Butter

Thanks to Bryan Horton of Fickle Creek Farm for this recipe!

2 large turnips (approx 8 oz)
1 TBS butter and 1 TBS butter
salt and black pepper

Cut turnips like lemon wedges (washed, but no need to peel). Place turnip wedges into a pot just wide enough to fit in a single layer. Add enough water to cover half way up the turnips.

Add 1 TBS butter and pinch of salt. Simmer covered until almost tender. Finish uncovered until water is reduced by half.  Stir in 1 TBS butter and add salt and black pepper to taste.

Variations:
Sweet:
Add ¼ cup honey or brown sugar with water at beginning, simmer until turnips are tender, cook uncovered until sauce thickens. Stir in butter.

Soy-Ginger: Add 1 TBS soy sauce, 2 tsp chopped fresh ginger and 1 TBS honey with water at beginning, simmer until turnips are tender, cook uncovered until saucy consistency. Stir in butter.

Turnips and Greens: Same basic recipe but cook 2 to 3 cups chopped turnip or other greens with turnips.

Smoked Polish Sausage
: Saute ¼ to ½ lb sliced sausage in a bit of olive oil. Add turnips and water and follow basic recipe. You will likely not need additional salt or butter.

TIPS:
– The key to this recipe is to use just enough water so that when cooking is complete the
water/butter mixture has reduced and becomes quite flavorful.
– Chicken stock may be used instead of water for a richer flavor.

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