Eat Your Vegetables: Be careful not to overcook turnips

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Even those who don't like turnips will enjoy these Tasty Turnips. After all, a little bacon makes everything taste better. Show caption
Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Even those who don't like turnips will enjoy these Tasty Turnips. After all, a little bacon makes everything taste better.

It’s hard to pass up vegetables that have just come from the garden.

For the pretty Tasty Turnips dish, the turnips were boiled and mixed with seasoning, then baked with a ring of fresh parsley, green onions and bread crumbs on the top.

I try to select medium to small turnips because usually they’re milder tasting. Overcooking any turnip can make them bitter; so watch when boiling or baking them.

Turnips can be eaten raw, sliced in salads, or roasted with a little olive oil, salt and pepper. They’re best if eaten right after they’re cooked. Fresh ones are delicious boiled, sprinkled with salt and pepper, and topped with a pat of butter.