Turnips are a very simple dish and can be cooked much the same as carrots. ( Click here to see our blog on carrots.) However, if you love fries, why not give yourself the treat of a healthier dish of these delicious turnip baked fries.
You will need the following ingredients:
- 3 medium-large sized turnips
- 5 tablespoons of oil of choice
- 1 tsp of ground black pepper
- 1 tsp of salt
- 1 tsp of garlic powder
- 1 tsp of dried parsley flakes (optional)
- 1 tsp of dried chopped chives (optional)
Preheat your oven to 400. Cut the turnips into equal sized sticks. Place the oil and seasonings into a large ziplock bag, then place the cut turnips in the bag, toss, and let sit in the bag for 5 minutes in order to absorb all the flavoring.
Spray the cookie sheet with a non stick spray, such as Pam. Place the turnips on the cookie sheet, with even spacing in between. Let cook for 15 before checking tenderness*. Cook an additional 10-15 minutes, depending on preference
*tenderness can be checked using a toothpick, if toothpick goes through the turnip easily then they are done
Turnips are a healthy alternative to potatoes. Like the potato, they are considered a starch, but have a third less calories than the potato would. They are loaded with Vitamin C, have fiber, and are low in fat. They also are a good source of magnesium, potassium, and anti-oxidants, which can help lift the body's immunity along with ridding the body of damaging free radicals. You would be surprised to see how many different recipes discuss how to cook turnips.
These turnip fries are mouthwatering and full of flavor, without being full of the calories normal potato fries usually have. They go well with a poultry dish and a side of baked vegetables. Add a nice sparkling glass of wine, and you have the perfect dinner!