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Patty's Mashed Turnips Recipe

Patty's Mashed Turnips

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"The smell of hot buttery turnips always reminds me of the holiday season when my grandmother prepared this dish for the family. Originally submitted to"

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Original recipe makes 8 - 10 servings Change Servings


  1. Peel, wash, and quarter turnips.
  2. Boil 35-45 minutes or until tender. Strain and rinse cooked turnips.
  3. Place in large mixing bowl and use fork to break up turnips into smaller bits. Add milk and butter. Blend to desired consistency. Add salt and pepper to taste.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 16, 2004

My husband and I are on a low-carb diet - turnips are very low carb - so I decided to fix this. I'm normally not fond of turnips, but this recipe is excellent - it reminds me of mashed potatoes.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jul 17, 2008

My mom liked it a lot that she's going to take some to work. I thought it was a little bland, but the salt and pepper gave it more flavor. It tastes like cabbage, with a little sweet flavor to it, maybe from the milk. It reminds me of porridge because of the texture and it's image.


48 Ratings

Nov 29, 2006

I made these for my husband for Thanksgiving! He loves turnip. I substituted the milk for cream and only used 1/4 cup. They were wonderful. Some previous reviews commented on how runny the turnip was, try reducing the milk.

Jan 16, 2004

I love this but no one else at home will eat it, so I scale it down to one portion. It smells a bit, too, so if you're having guests, I would not suggest cooking this dish! :)

Oct 19, 2010

These were quite tasty. Like other posters, I added butter as if making mashed potatoes, and ended up using just a "splurt" of half and half. Turnips, by nature, have a very high water content, and so I see why others felt they were runny. I mashed them in the pot, with the butter and tiny amount of cream, and then turned the burner back up to medium to reduce the excess liquid before serving. That worked out quite well!

Nov 24, 2007

I love turnips. Got lots of compliments on these. I used 1 enormous turnip, it made enough for at least 10 people. I had to adjust the milk and butter to taste. After boiling and draining I returned them to the pot to cook out the remaining/excess water so mine weren't soupy/soggy at all. Delish!

Oct 23, 2006

Very yummy. I use a little more butter than the recipe calls for.

Jun 23, 2005

I tried this recipe with some hesitation (but I had to use this giant turnip and had no idea what to do with it). I was pleasantly surprised -- I found Patty's mashed turnips more savory than plain mashed potatoes. I actually microwaved the turnip in a little water until it was soft (about 7 min.), then drained it. I also used a butter substitute (not a purist here) and it still turned out great.


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  • Calories
  • 76 kcal
  • 4%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 10.4 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol
  • 9 mg
  • 3%
  • Fat
  • 3.2 g
  • 5%
  • Fiber
  • 2.6 g
  • 10%
  • Protein
  • 2.2 g
  • 4%
  • Sodium
  • 125 mg
  • 5%

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

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