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Mom's Turnips Recipe

Mom's Turnips

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"Even those who hate turnips will change their tune after trying this recipe, trust me."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings


  1. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add turnips; cook until tender but still firm. Drain, and transfer to a large bowl to cool.
  2. Place bacon in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Crumble and set aside. Reserve bacon fat.
  3. In the large bowl, combine turnips, bacon, reserved bacon fat and brown sugar. Mix together and serve.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Oct 03, 2003

I have been serving mashed turnips at Thanksgiving for 30 years, using my mother-in-law's recipe. I've never really been fond of them. This recipe changed my mind. Even my mother-in-law thought they were great.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Nov 17, 2006

I made this using 4 turnips, one of which was massive, and I still think I needed more. As written, the recipe generates a dish in which the amounts of bacon and brown sugar seem way out of proportion to the amount of turnips. I think at least 6 (large-ish)turnips are needed. Also, when the brown sugar melts, it creates a lot of liquid. To compensate for this, it would be a good idea not to boil the turnips as long as you might if you were just making regular mashed turnips; you don't want the turnips to retain that much water. At the point where you stick a fork in the boiling turnips and think, "Maybe a few more minutes," immediately take them off the stove. Finally, you can dispense with adding the bacon fat. You won't miss it.

Oct 11, 2003

Awesome dish. Everyone thought it was apples for some reason. I guess it tastes too good. This dish contained a lot of fat. It wouldn't be good for someone who has to watch their fat intake.

Oct 17, 2008

Love this and the second day is even better! We have so many turnips in our garden this year that I have been looking for different recipes. I gave my father this recipe along with the turnips, he isn't a big turnip fan, and he thought it was great. It is a little sweet so the next time I am going to cut down on the sugar. This is a KEEPER.

Feb 15, 2006

ok....I didn't know that hubby didn't like turnips and I made this recipe to go with cornish hens and wild rice. It was perfect and HE ATE IT! The brown sugar gave such an umph to dullness of turnips and you never can go wrong with BACON! Thanks for sharing.

Oct 03, 2003

This is a wonderful recipe for turnips! Very tasty and easy.

Feb 19, 2006

For turnips, this probably is "the best". My husband, who likes turnips, really thought this recipe was good, although he did say it wouldn't be how he would always want to eat them. I, who doesn't like turnips at all, was pleasantly amazed that this recipe makes them edible!

Jun 18, 2009

To die for! This recipe will make a turnip lover out of anyone! I cut back the brown sugar a tad and added more bacon fat.


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  • Calories
  • 305 kcal
  • 15%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 22.3 g
  • 7%
  • Cholesterol
  • 36 mg
  • 12%
  • Fat
  • 19.8 g
  • 30%
  • Fiber
  • 1.1 g
  • 4%
  • Protein
  • 9.8 g
  • 20%
  • Sodium
  • 637 mg
  • 25%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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