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How To Cook Turnip Greens

Bored with the regulars? Looking for a change of taste? How about turning to turnip greens? They are easily available, cooking them is not a hell bent task, and they make for some of the most splendid tongue gratifying recipes. Interested yet? Okay how about this — the nutritional value this cruciferous vegetable adds to the dishes and eventually your body, helps crucify the toxins, inflammations, and bad cholesterol inside it and thus providing precious health benefits like detoxification support, antioxidant properties, anti-inflammation properties, and improved cardiovascular health. Interested now? That’s the spirit! Turnips are naturally available with their roots attached called turnip leaves or greens. These are a rich source of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, calcium and folate and are also consumed in cooked form along with the turnip tops. Below are mentioned some recipes to help you get started on the munch-munch.
Turnip Green Recipes
Collard Greens Recipe
  • 2 ½ lbs Turnip Greens, chopped into 1 inch pieces
  • 3 slices Bacon, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 2/3 cup chopped Onions
  • 2 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar 
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Take a large pan that is good enough to accompany bacon with turnip for cooking.
  • Start frying the bacon until it’s a little crisp.
  • Now, add the turnip greens and onions into the pan.
  • Cook on low heat, stirring with wooden spoon, until greens are coated with bacon fat (about 2 minutes).
  • Discard off the excess fat.
  • Add just enough water that will cover the turnip greens and bring to boil. Putting a lid to the pan and on low heat, let all of it cook for a good one hour until tender. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Stir occasionally and add a little more water. Increase heat to medium-high, stir often. Boil off nearly all the cooking liquid.
  • Add vinegar. Taste and add salt and pepper if needed.
  • Serve!

Mexican Turnip Greens Recipe


  • 1 pound cleaned, chopped and cooked Turnip Greens
  • 2/3 cup chopped Onions
  • 1 tsp chopped Garlic
  • 2 tsp ground Chile De Arbol
  • 1 ¼ cups diced Tomatoes
  • 2 ½ cups low-sodium Chicken Stock
  • 4 tbsp Butter
  • Salt to taste
  • In a large pot, add turnip greens and cover them in water. Bring to boil and then simmer for about 45 minutes until tender. Drain well.
  • In a different pan, melt butter and then add onions, garlic, and Chile De Abrol. Sauté until the onions are soft and red.
  • Add tomatoes and cook for 5 minutes. Now add turnip greens and chicken stock and bring to boil. Cook for another 15 minutes on low heat.
  • Add salt to taste.
  • Serve!
Turnip Green Pot Pie
  • 2 stalks chopped Celery
  • 1 chopped Bell Pepper (green or red)
  • 1 chopped Onion
  • 1 cup chopped Ham (1/2 inch pieces)
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • ¼ cup plain Flour
  • 1 ½ cups Chicken Broth
  • 2 lb frozen chopped Turnip Greens with Roots
  • 1 ½ cups self-rising Cornmeal
  • ½ cup self-rising Flour
  • 2 tsp Sugar
  • 1 lightly beaten Egg
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 2 cups Buttermilk
  • 16 oz cooked Black-Eyed peas
  • ½ tsp crushed Red Pepper
  • ¼ tsp White Pepper
  • In a stockpot, heat olive oil. Add ham and cook until light brown. Drain but save about 2 tbsp of oil.
  • Add celery, bell pepper, and onion to the pot and sauté for about 5 minutes.
  • Add flour and cook for a minute or two while stirring continuously.
  • Gradually add broth, stirring constantly until thickened.
  • Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 425°F.
  • Bring the vegetable mixture to a boil and add turnip greens. Again bring to boil and simmer for about 10 minutes while stirring continuously. Add peas and seasonings to turnip greens and cook another 5 minutes.
  • In a bowl, combine cornmeal, flour, sugar, egg, oil, and buttermilk and mix well.
  • Pour the vegetable mixture into greased glass casserole. Top with cornmeal mixture.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes.
  • Serve!
These were the few of turnip green recipes. You can experiment with more of the recipes by bringing your culinary skills into play or by trial and error method. Whatever it is, have fun and give your taste buds a relishing experience!

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