Mashed Buttered Turnips

beetTurnips, a relative of arugula and radishes, have always made an appearance at my family’s Thanksgiving and Christmas feasts but no other time throughout the year. For a long time, I assumed they were a rare holiday treat, like a green bean casserole or a Thanksgiving turkey.

However, turnips are too delicious and nutritious to save only for special occasions. 

Here is a super easy, yummy recipe for mashed turnips that is also appropriate on a low roughage diet.


Smooth, bright, firm turnips
Grass-fed butter


Leave smaller turnips whole or cut in half. Larger turnips should be peeled and cut into medium pieces.

Put cut turnips, a large pinch of salt, and a knob of butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Do not add water. Cover and cook until turnips are tender, stirring as needed to prevent them from burning.

When tender, mash them with a potato masher and add more butter and salt if needed.

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