Mom's Turnips

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Recipe by  Karen

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

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Original recipe yields 6 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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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.



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.

Michelle Nordlof

Michelle Nordlof

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.

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Amount Per Serving (6 total)

  • Calories
  • 305 cal
  • 15%
  • Fat
  • 19.8 g
  • 30%
  • Carbs
  • 22.3 g
  • 7%
  • Protein
  • 9.8 g
  • 20%
  • Cholesterol
  • 36 mg
  • 12%
  • Sodium
  • 637 mg
  • 25%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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