This recipe for earthy, flavor-packed turnips is based on one belonging to Leah Chase, proprietor of Dooky Chase’s, in New Orleans. She recommends pairing the turnips with a Thanksgiving turkey or wild duck.
- 3 1⁄2 lb. turnips, peeled and cut into 1/2″ cubes
- 2 tbsp. turnips, peeled and cut into 1/2″ cubes
- 1 (6-oz.) boneless pork chop, cut into 1/4″ cubes
- Kosher salt and freshly ground white pepper, to taste
- 1 large onion, roughly chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 2 bay leaves
- 1⁄2 tsp. dried thyme
- 2 tbsp. unsalted butter
- 1⁄2 cup heavy cream
- 2 tbsp. chopped flat-leaf parsley, for garnish
- Place turnips in a large bowl and cover with water; set aside. Heat oil in a 12″ skillet over medium-high heat. Season pork with salt and pepper to taste and add to skillet. Cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned, 5 minutes. Add onions and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until soft and lightly browned, about 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, drain turnips in a colander and pat dry with paper towels. Add turnips, garlic, bay leaves, thyme, and butter to skillet. Cook, stirring occasionally and scraping bottom of skillet with a wooden spoon until turnips soften and lightly brown, about 15 minutes. Stir in heavy cream, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook, covered, stirring occasionally, until turnips can be easily mashed with a fork, about 30 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer to a platter and sprinkle with parsley.