Everyday Dorie: Butter-Glazed Turnips

January 8, 2021 at 5:22 pm | Posted in cook the book fridays, everyday dorie, groups, savory things, veggies | 8 Comments
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butter-glazed turnips

Turnip time often represents a low point on the “what’s in season” calendar. You rarely hear people talk about how excited they are to have turnips with dinner. This recipe for Butter-Glazed Turnips is an easy way to coax the best out of them. “Everything’s better with butter” is totally true, IMO, and a bit of honey and black pepper finishes a glaze that clings to the turnips and plays up their natural flavors.

I used Japanese Hakurei turnips here. They are so cute and small, and a bit sweet to begin with. Often, I buy them to eat raw in salads (and they usually have pretty green tops to sautée, too). I trimmed their tops and left them whole for this, and they were steamed through pretty quickly. I didn’t go further and caramelize them after they were cooked (although if I’d been using a larger variety that I’d cubed up, I definitely would have)…just rolled them around in the butter-honey glaze, gave them a grind of pepper, and ate them ate as a snack.

For the recipe, see Everyday Dorie by Dorie Greenspan, and head over to Cook the Book Fridays to see all that the group made this week.


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  1. Cutest turnips!! They just look so appetizing! 😍

  2. Having turnips for a snack is something that never crossed my mind. But, what a good idea. and, nutritious and healthy. This are cute little guys to just pop in your mouth. Happy New Year.

  3. I love Hakurei turnips, they are so sweet and flavorful. This sounds delightful. PS The state vegetable in Vermont is the Gilfeather turnip! We love them up here.

    • one of the other bloggers mentioned that in her post! i have actually had that variety and thought it was delicious!

  4. I am learning quite a bit about turnips this week. I didn’t know about this Japanese variety, they do look cute. Butter does make everything better:)

  5. Turnips are widely used in Japanese cuisine, but didn’t pay much attention in the kind of turnips used. These Hakurei turnips look so special in your dish; they beg to be used.

  6. These look so cute! I will have to look out for them!

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