Being from the south I’ve never heard of Turnip and Carrots. We moved to Maine 19 years ago and that’s when I tried it for the first time. We went to my in-law’s camp to celebrate Labor Day with a fun filled day of family and some wonderfully delicious array of food. That’s when I tried turnips and carrots for the first time and was it ever tasty! I grew up eating turnips and turnips greens as a dish, but never combined the two. I was deliciously surprised by the combination of the two. The sweet bitterness of the turnip and the sweetness of the carrots with real butter is a scrumptious bite of pure goodness.
Related: another delicious side dish is my Copy-Cat Suddenly Salad.
At first I thought she (mother in law) was crazy when she brought out this large round vegetable and told me it was a turnip. I always called the large one’s rutabagas, not turnips. According to my mother-in-law I’ve was wrong all these years! I think it depends on where you grow up on what you call them. Now that I’m considered a southern transplanted in the north (by my husband’s family), I have to call them by their rightful name.
These delicious Turnips and Carrots have a smooth creamy texture with a slightly sweet finish from the sweet carrots. A great side to any dish or eat them a by themselves!
- 6 – Large Carrots – peeled and chopped
- 1 – Large Turnip – peeled and chopped
- ½ stick – Butter
- Sea Salt, Garlic Powder and Pepper – to taste.
- Put chopped turnips and carrots into a large stock pot and fill with water. Make sure veggies are covered at least by 2 inches of water.
- Bring to a boil and boil until soft and really fork tender. Approximately 45 minutes.
- Drain veggies and put in to a large bowl. Add butter and seasonings. Whip with hand mixer.
- Serve hot!
I like to boil mine until till they are almost falling apart because I liked them whipped together without all the little lumps. This way the two veggies marry together very well. I also love to use real butter, none of the fake stuff around here. It’s much better for you. Load it with lots of pepper, a little garlic and a good sprinkle of sea salt and you’ve got yourself a wonderful dish that sure to please all pallets. These Turnip and Carrots will be your next favorite dish to make for any and all gatherings.
This Turnip and Carrots recipe is a family favorite in our family. I love it as a side with some wonderful BBQ Chicken or Pork Chops. It’s smooth creamy sweet taste will have you going back for seconds every time. This family tradition has been going on in my husband’s family for as long as he can remember and it’s now one of ours. Start a delicious tradition in your home with these Turnip and Carrots and carry it on to your family. Enjoy!
From my kitchen to yours,
Want a recipe to go with the Turnip and Carrots? Try my BBQ Chicken!
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