Eating Green: 3 Turnip Greens Recipes

What You'll Need
Bowl or basin filled with water
Vegetable cutting knife
Cutting surface
2 pounds turnip greens (Cajun turnip greens)
2 turnips, peeled and diced (Cajun turnip greens)
Ham or smoked pork sausage (Cajun turnip greens)
4 to 6 cups of chicken stock (Cajun turnip greens)
3 cups of onion, celery, bell pepper and garlic, chopped and combined (Cajun turnip greens)
1 teaspoon salt (Cajun turnip greens)
1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning (Cajun turnip greens)
2 pounds turnip greens (vegetarian turnip greens)
1 shallot, chopped (vegetarian turnip greens)
1 clove garlic, chopped (vegetarian turnip greens)
1 cup vegetable stock (vegetarian turnip greens)
1 teaspoon pepper flakes (vegetarian turnip greens)
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard (vegetarian turnip greens)
½ chopped pecans (vegetarian turnip greens)
1 tablespoon olive oil (vegetarian turnip greens)
Black pepper (vegetarian turnip greens)
2 pounds turnip greens (African turnip greens)
6 to 8 garlic cloves, chopped (African turnip greens)
2 tablespoons hot pepper sauce (African turnip greens)
5 tablespoons peanut butter (African turnip greens)

Turnip greens have small and tender leaves that can be prepared a number of ways for a great side dish to any meal. A traditional part of much Southern cooking, turnip greens are a great accompaniment with black eyed peas and rice, but with these versatile recipes, the options are endless. Here are 3 great turnip greens recipes for you to try out.

Turnip Green Preparation

Though turnip greens are more tender than collard greens, they are generally prepared similarly. To start with the preparation, turnip greens must be thoroughly washed. To do so, fill up a sink and soak them for about 5 to 10 minutes in water. Move them around in the water, and continuously dunking them below the surface so that lodged dirt is removed. Cut them in narrow strips and set them aside while you prepare the other ingredients for your recipe.

  1. Cajun Turnip Greens Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds turnip greens
  • 2 turnips, peeled and diced
  • Ham or smoked pork sausage
  • 4 to 6 cups of chicken stock
  • 3 cups of onion, celery, bell pepper and garlic, chopped and combined
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning

Begin by preparing all ingredients. Cook your seasoning meat, drain (reserving the grease), and cut up the meat. Pour 2 tablespoons reserved grease into a stock pot and sauté the onion, celery, bell pepper, and garlic for 5 minutes. Add the chicken stock and diced turnip. Bring ingredients to a boil—cooking for 15 minutes. Add the greens, meat, and seasonings. Cook over a medium-low heat for about 45 minutes.

  1. Vegetarian Turnip Greens Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds turnip greens
  • 1 shallot, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 cup vegetable stock
  • 1 teaspoon pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • ½ chopped pecans
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Black pepper

Heat olive oil in a large pot. Saute garlic, shallot, and pepper flakes until tender. Add the cleaned, cut turnip greens, and mix. Saute until the greens wilt and add pepper to taste. Meanwhile, in another bowl combine the mustard with vegetable stock, and whisk together m. Add mustard and vegetable stock mixture to the pot and cook the greens until the liquid is virtually gone. Remove from heat and add the pecans.

  1. African Turnip Greens Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds turnip greens
  • 6 to 8 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons hot pepper sauce
  • 5 tablespoons peanut butter

Boil water in a large pot, add cut greens, and stir. Slowly work all the greens into the water as it returns to a boil. Once all the greens are wilted and in the water, add the peanut butter. Stir in peanut butter until it melts into the water. Now stir in the hot pepper sauce and garlic.

Reduce heat to low and simmer uncovered for 1 hour. When the water has boiled away, your greens are ready to eat. You can continue to cook these for up to 2 hours, but you will need to add more water to keep them from sticking.

Turnip greens are a great source of minerals and make a great addition to your garden. They’re also a hardy plant with a fast growth phase making them an ideal plant to grow from seed.