Oct
03
    
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FALL GREENS

The greens we see in our shares in the cooler months are usually heavier and thicker than the airy greens of springs—even when they go by the same names. Among the greens we’ll get in the next six weeks are Swiss chard, spinach, collard greens, kale, mizuna, mustard greens, turnip greens and radish greens. Although there are variations in taste and texture, most of them can be used interchangeably in recipes and are stored and preserved the same way.

One difference: some greens taste good raw and can be used in salads, while others are better cooked unless they are very young “baby versions.” I use spinach, mizuna, mustard greens and radish greens in salads, and I use “massaged” kale in salads as well. I cook everything else, though some people like to use heavier greens in salads, too (see previous posts and Candice’s email for recipes for fall dressing; see below for information on massaging kale.

STORING GREENS: Pick off any yellowed leaves; store in plastic bags, punched with holes in the crisper. Put one square of paper towel into the plastic bag. Check every few days; remove yellow or brown leave and replace the paper towel if it’ wet.

PRESERVING GREENS: Chop roughly, blanch quickly, squeeze out as much water as possibly. Store in ziplock plastic bags. If you separate them into portion-size bags, they’ll be easier to deal with. Pound the bags to get out all the air and water—they can be pounded almost flat and take up very little room in the freezer.

COOKING GREENS:

Remove the tough ribs and ends, chop the leaves roughly. Then:

–Steam by placing them in a steamer basket over boiling water; cover and steam for 2-3 minutes.

–Stir-fry by stirring them in hot oil or butter for a few minutes. Stir-fry garlic and chopped onion in the oil before adding the greens.

–Braise by stir-frying them as above for just a minute; then add stock (beef, chicken, vegetable) and let them simmer for 15-20 minutes until very soft

Add herbs, spices, beans, olive, nuts, meats—you can turn your greens into a full meal.

Save the stems and ribs, too. Double the cooking times for these and use with the leaves. Or try the Chard Stem Gratin (use seems and ribs from any green) from Recipes from America’s Small Farms, p. 56

PILAF WITH KALE

Adapted from ZAHAV, A World of Israeli Cooking, Michael Solomonov

2 cups jasmine rice

Kosher salt

¼ cup olive oil

½ cup sliced onion

2 garlic cloves, chopped

2 cups (packed) finely minced kale

½ tsp. ground pepper

pinch ancho, urfa, or another smokey pepper

2 cups rich chicken stock

1 tbs finely ground lemon zest

Cover the rice by several inches in a bowl and add a pinch of salt. Let soak for at least one hour and up to overnight. Drain well.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. War the oil in a large ovenproof pot with a tight fitting lid over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic. Season with a pinch of salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables just barely begin to soften, about 4 minutes. Add the kale and peppers and cook until the kale is tender, another 5 minutes. Add the rice and cook, stirring until the rice is evenly cooked and begins to lightly toast, about 3 minute more.

Add the chicken stock and lemon zest, raise the heat to high and bring to a simmer. Stir with a fork once or twice, add 1 tsp salt, cover and transfer to the oven, Bake until the rice is cooked through, 15 to 20 minutes. Let stand off the heat, covered for 20 minutes before fluffing the rice with a fork.

MEDITERRANEAN KALE
Recipe by: Julia Phillips, Allrecipes.com
12 cups chopped kale (about 1 pound)
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon olive oil, or as needed
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon soy sauce
salt to taste
ground black pepper to taste
Place a steamer insert into a saucepan, and fill with water to just below the bottom of the steamer. Cover, and bring the water to a boil over high heat. Add the kale, recover, and steam until just tender, 7 to 10 minutes depending on thickness.
Whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, soy sauce, salt, and black pepper in a large bowl. Toss steamed kale into dressing until well coated.
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SAUTÉED KALE
Sam Sifton, NYTimes
4 servings
This is a technique that elevates basic sauteed greens into something even more savory and tender.
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
3 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced
1 large bunch kale, stemmed, with leaves coarsely chopped
½ cup vegetable stock, white wine or water
Kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper and red-pepper flakes to taste
2 tablespoons red-wine vinegar
Heat olive oil in a large sauté pan set over medium-high heat until it shimmers. Add garlic, and cook until soft.
Add kale to the pan, turn the heat to high and add the stock. Use a spoon to toss the greens in the oil and stock, then cover and cook for approximately 5 to 7 minutes, until it is soft and wilted, but still quite green. Remove cover and continue to cook, stirring occasionally until all the liquid has evaporated, another 1 to 2 minutes. Season to taste with salt and peppers, add vinegar and toss to combine.
SPINACH AND KALE BITES
http://2sistersrecipes.com/spinach-and-kale-bites/
Little vegetable balls loaded with spinach, kale and Parmesan cheese then lightly coated with panko breadcrumbs and baked until crispy and tender.
Ingredients
1 small yellow onion- chopped
2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
2 Tbsp. salted butter
6 ounces spinach
2 cups packed with fresh kale, rinsed
1 large scallion (green onion)
1 egg
? cup panko bread crumbs, plus extra for coating
½ cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
salt and pepper to taste
cayenne pepper
olive oil cooking spray
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
In a frying pan, heat and melt butter with olive oil. Add yellow onion and sauté until softened and translucent, about 5 minutes. Add spinach and kale and cook until they wilt, about 1 to 2 minutes.
Place cooked contents into a food processor along with one chopped scallion and pulse for several seconds. Transfer mixture to a medium size mixing bowl.
Add one egg, ? cup of panko bread crumbs, and Parmesan cheese. Mix with a spoon until well combined. Add salt and black pepper to taste and a dash of cayenne pepper.
In a second smaller bowl or dish, pour some panko bread crumbs. Take a teaspoon full the spinach and kale mixture into your hand. Make a small ball with your hands (larger than a quarter, smaller than a golf ball).
Gently roll ball into panko bread crumbs to coat evenly.
Lightly spray baking sheet with cooking spray. Place the spinach and kale bites onto baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes. Serve warm.
Yields: 20 bites
“CREAMED” COLLARD GREENS WITH PEANUT BUTTER AND CHILE
From Saveur:
Greens laced with freshly ground peanut butter and fermented seafood for a funky umami kick is a common one-pot dish in West Africa. Chef Pierre Thiam grinds his own peanut butter from roasted peanuts to make a creamless creamy sauce, but if you don’t make your own, use natural peanut butter, as peanut butters made with added sugar and stabilizers will change the flavor of the dish. Almond, cashew, and other nut butters also add an interesting, albeit untraditional, flavor to greens prepared in this manner.
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SERVES 6-8   45 MINUTES
2 lb. collard or turnip green leaves, roughly chopped (12 cups)
1 cup dried shrimp
4 Scotch bonnet or habanero chiles, stemmed, seeded, and finely chopped
1 1?2 medium yellow onions (1 roughly chopped, 1?2 sliced into 1?4-inch-thick rings)
1 vine-ripe tomato, cored, seeded, and roughly chopped
4 tbsp. red palm oil or vegetable oil
2 tbsp. tomato paste
1?2 cup natural peanut butter
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Bring 2 cups water to a boil in a large saucepan and season with salt. Add the collard greens, cover, and cook until the leaves are tender and wilted, about 5 minutes. liquid. Place the leaves and reserved liquid in a blender, purée until smooth, and scrape the paste into a bowl.
Clean the blender and return it to its base. In the blender, combine the dried shrimp with three-quarters of the chiles, half the chopped onion, and the fresh tomato and purée until smooth. In a large saucepan, heat 2 tablespoons palm oil over medium-high. Add the remaining half of the chopped onion and the tomato paste and cook, stirring constantly, until the onions are soft and lightly caramelized, 6 to 8 minutes. Scrape the shrimp and tomato paste into the pan, reduce the heat to medium, and cook, stirring, until lightly caramelized, about 5 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat, stir in the puréed collard greens and peanut butter, and mash until evenly combined. Season the greens with salt and pepper and scrape into a serving dish.
In a 10-inch skillet, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons palm oil over high, add the onion rings, and cook, stirring, until soft and slightly caramelized, about 5 minutes. Arrange the onion rings over the collards and garnish with the remaining chile.
SHREDDED COLLARD GREEN SALAD WITH ROASTED SWEET POTATOES
FROM: Saveur
The flavor of raw collard greens combines perfectly with tender roasted sweet potatoes and tangy, rich goat cheese in this hearty starter. West Africans cook virtually every dish they make with red palm oil, which is made from crushing the fruit of the palm, unlike palm kernel oil, which is derived from the fruit’s seeds. Organic, fair-trade brands are available at Amazon, Whole Foods, and from West African specialty grocers.
SERVES 6-8
Ingredients
2 lb. sweet potatoes, peeled and cut crosswise into 1?2-inch-thick slices
1?4 cup plus 2 tbsp. red palm oil or vegetable oil
1 tbsp. cumin seeds
1 tbsp. thyme leaves
2 cloves garlic
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tbsp. fresh lime juice
1 tsp. minced ginger
1 lb. collard greens, stems removed, leaves thinly shredded (6 cups)
2 oz. goat cheese, crumbled
1?4 cup roasted, unsalted cashews, roughly chopped
Instructions
Heat the oven to 400°. On a rimmed baking sheet, toss the sweet potato slices with 2 tablespoons of the palm oil, the cumin, thyme, and garlic. Season with salt and pepper and roast the sweet potatoes, flipping once halfway through cooking, until golden brown, about 40 minutes. Transfer the potatoes to a rack and let cool.
Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the lime juice and ginger and let stand for 10 minutes to soften. Whisk in the remaining 1?4 cup palm oil until emulsified and then season the vinaigrette with salt and pepper.
To serve, place the collard greens in a large bowl and toss with 1 tablespoon of the dressing, massaging it into the greens for about 5 minutes. Transfer the greens to a serving platter, top with the sweet potatoes, and sprinkle with the goat cheese and cashews. Serve with the remaining dressing on the side. SHREDDED
MIZUNA SALAD WITH AGED GOUDA & ROASTED PORTABELLAS
Mariquita Farm, Adapted From Epicurious.Com
3/4 pounds sliced portabella mushrooms
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided
3 tablespoons red-wine vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
10 cups mizuna, (or other spicy green such as arugula or watercress) washed, dried and torn or chopped for a salad
1 cup coarsely grated aged Gouda cheese
Preheat oven to 425°F with rack in middle.
Toss mushrooms with 3 tablespoon oil and 1/4 teaspoon each of salt and pepper in a bowl. Roast in 1 layer in a 4-sided sheet pan, turning once, until golden-brown and tender, about 15 minutes. Cool mushrooms.
Whisk together vinegar, mustard, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/8 teaspoon pepper, and remaining 5 tablespoons oil in a bowl until combined. Toss mushrooms, greens, and cheese with enough dressing to coat.
ETHIOPIAN COLLARD GREENS (YE’ABESHA GOMEN)
FROM Saveur
These fragrant collards are cooked with an Ethiopian-style spiced butter flavored with cardamom, fenugreek, and nigella seeds.
SERVES 4
INGREDIENTS
4 tbsp. unsalted butter
? tsp. black cardamom seeds
? tsp. ground fenugreek
? tsp. nigella seeds
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 large yellow onion, minced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 Thai chiles, stemmed, seeded, and minced
1 1″ piece ginger, peeled and minced
1½ lbs. collard greens, stemmed and cut crosswise into ¼”-wide strips
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
White wine vinegar, to taste
INSTRUCTIONS
Heat butter in a 6-qt. pot over medium heat. Add cardamom, fenugreek, and nigella and cook, stirring often, until fragrant, 1–2 minutes. Increase heat to medium-high and add oil; add onions and cook, stirring often, until browned, 10 minutes. Add garlic, chiles, and ginger and cook, stirring often, until soft and fragrant, 3 minutes. Add collards, 1? cups water, and salt and pepper; cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cook, stirring occasionally, until collards are tender, 50–55 minutes. Stir in vinegar and serve collards hot.

 
Oct
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DRESSING FOR FALL

Fall salads are different from the ones we make in summer. In summer, the goal, at least for me, is to keep the oven off and the dressing light. When cooler weather comes around, I use:

–heavier, spicier greens like mustard, kale, and cabbage in addition to fall lettuces, like the ones in our share this week;

–cooked ingredients—roasted carrots, butternut squash, and beets, boiled potatoes

–raw veggies like sliced radish, cauliflower and broccoli florets

–chunks of cheese

–nuts

–avocado

–grains, such as quinoa, farro, orzo

–fall fruit: fresh and dried apples, pears, and grapes; orange and grapefruit; pomegranate seeds; persimmons

And the dressings are heavier and spicier as well, often heated. Here are two of them:

WARM CIDER VINAIGRETTE (from the Food Network)

¾ cup apple cider or apple juice

2 tbs cider vinegar

2 tbs minced shallots

2 tsp Dijon mustard

½ cup olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste

Combine the apple cider, vinegar, and shallots in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook for 6 to 8 minutes, until the cider is reduced to about 1/4 cup. Off the heat, whisk in the mustard, olive oil, salt and pepper.

MAPLE BALSAMIC VINAIGRETTE From Land o’ Lakes

1/4 cup olive oil

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

1/4 cup maple syrup

2 teaspoons country-style Dijon mustard

1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh garlic

1/2 teaspoon salt

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and whisk until completely combined.

TAHINI-SOY SAUCE (based on a recipe from Terra Brockman)

¼ cup tahini paste

¼ cup soy sauce

1 tbs chopped garlic

1 tsp lemon juice

hot pepper to taste

Combine and mix well

LEMON DIJON BEET SALAD

From: http://www.poppiesandpapayas.com

Creamy Lemon Dijon Vinaigrette:

Makes about ½ cup dressing

1 ½ tablespoons Dijon mustard

2 tablespoons light coconut milk (using regular coconut milk makes it even creamier)

1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey

Zest of 1 organic lemon

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

Juice of 1 organic lemon

¼ teaspoon sea salt

Fresh ground pepper

1. In a 1 cup volume measuring glass add the Dijon, the coconut milk, sweetener, and lemon zest. Stir until combined.

2. Slowly drizzle in the extra-virgin olive oil while stirring. Once combined, add the lemon juice a splash at a time, stirring in between.

3. Add sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste. Pour dressing into a sealable glass jar.

For the Lemon Dijon Beet Salad

Serves one, or two for appetizer

Handful mixed greens

Creamy Lemon Dijon Vinaigrette

3 roasted medium beets, peeled and sliced thin

Cilantro sprigs as garnish (or basil)

1. Roast beets. Place mixed greens onto a serving plate, and drizzle with a little bit of the dressing (you don’t need much because the dressing is very flavorful). Top the greens with the sliced beets. Drizzle with a little more of salad dressing, once again a little goes a long way and garnish with fresh cilantro or basil.

Optional: Top with fresh goat cheese and/or chopped roasted walnuts.


 
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STORING

Most of the “hard” vegetables in our spring shares—kohlrabi, turnips, radishes—will last a few weeks in the vegetable crisper without any special attention. Cut off the greens and stems and use them separately within a few days. Wrap the bulbs loosely in plastic bags and keep them in the refrigerator.

Some people say that radishes stay crisper if they’re kept submersed in water; wash them, trim them, and place them in a container filled with water, then stored in the refrigerator.

FREEZING

HOW TO FREEZE ROOT VEGETABLES—this will work for turnips and kohlrabi. For radishes, don’t peel, and cut into discs instead of dice.

From: http://www.weedemandreap.com/freeze-root-vegetables-winter/

When it comes to preserving vegetables, there are a couple different ways to go about it. You can freeze them, can them, or dehydrate them. Some people have success with storing their root vegetables in a cool, dry place. This usually involves building a small root cellar.

While all of these methods are great, freezing your root vegetables is definitely the fastest method. It’s really simple. Here’s how to get started.

Step 1: You must first wash and peel your root vegetable.

Step 2: Dice your root vegetables into 1-inch cubes

Step 3: You need to bring a pot of water to a boil. The reason we’re doing this is because we’re going to blanch the root vegetables to prepare them for freezing. Don’t skip this step!

Blanching (scalding vegetables in boiling water or steam for a short time) is a must for almost all vegetables to be frozen. It stops enzyme actions which can cause loss of flavor, color and texture. Blanching cleanses the surface of dirt and organisms, brightens the color and helps retard loss of vitamins. It also wilts or softens vegetables and makes them easier to pack.

Blanching time is crucial and varies with the vegetable and size. Underblanching stimulates the activity of enzymes and is worse than no blanching. Overblanching causes loss of flavor, color, vitamins and minerals. Use one gallon water per pound of prepared vegetables. Put the vegetable in a blanching basket and lower into vigorously boiling water. Place a lid on the blancher. The water should return to boiling within 1 minute, or you are using too much vegetable for the amount of boiling water. Start counting blanching time as soon as the water returns to a boil. Keep heat high for the time given in the directions for the vegetable you are freezing.

Turnips, kohlrabi, and radishes should be blanched for 2 minutes.

Step 4: After blanching, remove from the boiling water and place them right into a bowl of ice water.

Step 5: After a few minutes in the ice water, transfer your root vegetables to a towel to dry.

Step 6: Lightly pat the root vegetables dry, then transfer to a freezer ready plastic bag or a vacuum packed bag.

That’s it! Now your root vegetables should be able to be stored in your freezer for up to 9 months in a regular freezer bag, and up to 14 months in a vacuum packed freezer bag!

TIP – To avoid rubbery root vegetables make sure to start with fresh root vegetables and be sure to not over cook them while blanching!

PICKLING

Pickled Turnips, from David Lebovits, http://www.davidlebovitz.com/2012/09/pickled-turnips-turnip-recipe/

(check out the link for more info)

You can dial down the amount of garlic, but I like the slightly aggressive flavor of the slices in the brine. Use whatever white salt is available where you are, but avoid fine table salt as it’s quite unpleasant and bitter. Gray salt will discolor the brine.

For those who like to tinker, although these are usually served as they are, a few sprigs of fresh dill, or dill flowers, in the brine will take them in a different direction. A hot pepper will add some zip.

3 cups (750 ml) water

1/3 cup (70 g) coarse white salt, such as kosher salt or sea salt

1 bay leaf

1 cup (250 ml) white vinegar (distilled)

2-pounds (1 kg) turnips, peeled

1 small beet, or a few slices from a regular-size beet, peeled

3 cloves garlic, peeled and thinly sliced

1. In a saucepan, heat about one-third of the water. Add the salt and bay leaf, stirring until the salt is dissolved.

2. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature. Once cool, add the vinegar and the rest of the water.

3. Cut the turnips and the beet into batons, about the size of French fries. Put the turnips, beets, and garlic slices into a large, clean jar, then pour the salted brine over them in the jar, including the bay leaf.

4. Cover and let sit at room temperature, in a relatively cool place, for one week. Once done, they can be refrigerated until ready to serve.

Storage: The pickles will keep for several weeks in the refrigerator. They’ll be rather strong at first, but will mellow after a few days. They should be enjoyed within a six weeks after they’re made, as they tend to get less-interesting if they sit too long. If you are interested in canning, check here for tips on canning pickles.

PICKLED SHREDDED KOHLRABI

From Serious Eats, by Marissa McClellan

http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2011/11/shredded-kohlrabi-quick-pickle-recipe.html

2 pounds kohlrabi

2 cups red wine vinegar

2 cups water

2 tablespoons honey

2 tablespoons pickling salt

1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger

1 garlic clove, grated

1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns

1/4 red chili flakes

1.

Wash and dry two quart jars. Set aside.

2.

Clean and trim kohlrabi bulbs. Using a mandoline slicer or a food processor, slice kohlrabi into thin sticks.

3.

Divide the shreds evenly between the two jars.

4.

Combine vinegar, water, honey, pickling salt, ginger, garlic, black peppercorns and red chili flakes in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil.

5.

Once brine is boiling vigorously, remove it from the heat and carefully pour the brine over the kohlrabi.

6.

Place lids on the jars and let them sit until cool.

7.

Once jars are cool to the touch, refrigerate the pickles and eat with salads, sandwiches or meat dishes.

Spicy Quick Pickled Radishes

Source: http://cookieandkate.com/2014/spicy-quick-pickled-radishes/

Super simple, spicy pickled radishes that are ready to eat immediately! These pickled radishes are amazing on tacos, burgers, salads and more. Recipe as listed below yields about 1¼ cup pickles.

1 bunch radishes

¾ cup white wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar

¾ cup water

3 tablespoons honey or maple syrup

2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (this yields very spicy pickles, so use ½ teaspoon for medium spicy pickles or none at all)

½ teaspoon whole mustard seeds (optional)

Optional add-ins: garlic cloves, black peppercorns, fennel seeds, coriander seeds

1      Use a sharp chef’s knife or mandoline to slice the radishes into very thin rounds. Pack the rounds into a pint-sized canning jar. Top the rounds with red pepper flakes and mustard seeds.

2      To prepare the brine: In a small saucepan, combine the vinegar, water, honey or maple syrup and salt. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring occasionally, then pour the mixture over the radishes.

3      Let the mixture cool to room temperature. You can serve the pickles immediately or cover and refrigerate for later consumption. The pickles will keep well in the refrigerator for several weeks, although they are in their most fresh and crisp state for about 5 days after pickling.

NOTES

Recipe adapted from The First Mess and Bon Appetit.

MAKE IT VEGAN: Substitute maple syrup or agave nectar for the honey.

CHANGE IT UP: To the best of my knowledge, you can pickle any thinly sliced vegetables in this manner. Try carrot ribbons, cucumbers, red onions, cabbage and/or fennel! The thinner you slice the vegetables, the faster they absorb the vinegar solution and taste like pickles.


 
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TURNIPS

You can use turnips pretty much like potatoes—boil them, steam them, roast them, mash them. One difference is that turnips can be eaten raw and make great crudités. Cut off the rough tops and greens, peel them and you’re set.

Debbie’s recipe for CREAMY TURNIP SOUP is in Recipes from America’s Small Farm, p. 189. It’s much better when made with vegetable or chicken stock instead of water—but the stock can be the water in which you cooked other root vegetables, such as the ones in multi-root mash, below.

MULTI-ROOT MASH

Mashed turnips are nice; just boil or steam them, add milk, butter, and your favorite herbs and spices and mash like potatoes. But even better: turnips mashed with other root vegetables.

2 tablespoons butter or olive oil

1 leek or onion, sliced thinly

4 cups of roughly chopped root vegetables—turnips, potatoes, beets, carrots, celeriac, parsnips; winter squash and sweet potatoes can also be added.

6 cups water

Salt and pepper to taste

Cheese or sour cream to taste

Chopped chives or other herbs

Melt the butter or oil in a large saucepot. Saute the leek/onion until very soft over medium heat. Then add the chopped vegetables and toss with the butter/oil and softened leek/onion for a minute or two. Add the water and bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 30-40 minutes until all the vegetables are very soft. Allow to cool slightly, then pour off most of the water—don’t discard, save it to use as stock, leaving about 1 cup with the vegetables. Transfer to a blender/food processor or use a stick blender to puree until smooth. Or, if you prefer, mash the whole thing with a potato masher.

Add salt and pepper to taste. If you like, add cheese or sour cream and sprinkle with chives or other herbs.

SOUP: To turn this into a soup, add milk or cream until you achieve desired consistency; serve with croutons.

The Best Ever Turnips

Recipe Courtesy of Michelle Urvater, The Food Network

2 pounds white turnips, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch pieces

6 tablespoons butter

4 cloves garlic, peeled

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Bring a lot of salted water to a boil and parboil the turnips for 7 minutes; add the garlic and boil 1 minute longer; drain.

Melt 4-5 tablespoons of butter and cook the garlic and turnips, covered, over low heat for 5 minutes.

Transfer turnips and garlic to a food processor and puree until smooth, adding 4 more tablespoons butter with the machine turned on. Season well with salt and pepper and, if made in advance, reheat in a double boiler.

OVEN-BAKED TURNIP FRIES

1 pound turnips, (about 2 medium), peeled and cut into 1/2-inch wedges

1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

Coarse salt and ground pepper

1/4 cup grated Parmesan (1/2 ounce)

Preheat oven to 475 degrees. On a rimmed baking sheet, combine turnips, cayenne, nutmeg, and oil. Season with salt and pepper and toss well to coat. Sprinkle with Parmesan and toss gently to combine. Arrange turnips in a single layer and roast until golden on both sides, 25 to 30 minutes, flipping halfway through.

TURNIPS WITH PANCETTA AND SESAME SEEDS

From Dan Barber (Stone Barn and Blue Hill) and Bon Apetit

2 large turnips (each about 8 ounces); or, if you are using smaller ones, cut into halves or quarters instead of eighths.

1/2 cups white sesame seeds

1 large egg

16 very thin slices pancetta (about 1/4 pound)

Vegetable oil (for deep-frying)

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Peel the turnips and each cut into 8 wedges. Place the sesame seeds in a medium bowl; whisk the egg in another medium bowl to blend.

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Wrap 1 pancetta slice around each turnip wedge, covering most of turnip. Dip each pancetta-wrapped turnip wedge into beaten egg to coat, then dip into sesame seeds, coating generously on all sides. Set aside on wax paper.

Heat 2 inches of vegetable oil in a heavy medium saucepan. Attach a deep-fry thermometer to the side of the pan and heat the oil to 350°F. Working in batches, add sesame-coated turnip wedges to oil, and deep-fry until sesame seeds are golden, about 1 minute (turnips will be very crunchy).

Transfer turnips to paper towels to drain, then arrange on a rimmed baking sheet and bake just until they are beginning to soften, about 7 minutes. Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper and divide among 4 plates.

SAUTÉED TURNIPS WITH TURNIP GREENS RECIPE

DANIEL GRITZER, Serious Eats

Because the cooking process is divided into two steps (blanching and sautéing), the turnip bulbs come out beautifully browned, while the greens stay plump and tender.

Taking advantage of all parts of the vegetable gets the most out of a single ingredient.

Serves 4 as a side dish

ACTIVE TIME: 25 minutes TOTAL TIME: 25 minutes

Ingredients

Kosher salt

1 1/2 pounds small turnips, with green tops

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling

Freshly ground black pepper

Directions

Bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil. Meanwhile, cut greens from turnip bulbs, leaving a small portion of stem (less than 1/2 inch) attached to each bulb. Wash leafy greens and turnips well of any sand. Peel turnips. (You can also leave the turnip skin on, as it’s edible, in which case, just wash and scrub them extra well.) Slice each turnip pole to pole into 4 to 6 wedges of 1/2 inch thick each.

Add leafy greens to boiling water and cook just until tender, 1 to 2 minutes. Using tongs or a spider, transfer greens to cold water to chill, then drain, squeeze out excess water, and chop into small pieces.

Heat oil in a cast iron, carbon steel, or stainless steel skillet over high heat, just until the first wisps of smoke appear. Add turnip wedges, season with salt and pepper, and cook, stirring and tossing occasionally, until well browned in spots, about 3 minutes; lower heat if turnips threaten to burn.

Add chopped greens and toss to combine, cooking just until greens are warmed through, about 1 minute longer. Drizzle with fresh oil, season with salt and pepper, and serve.

TURNIP QUICKIES—from RealSimple.com

Sautéed Turnips and Greens

Cook peeled and cut-up turnips and sliced garlic in olive oil in a large skillet until tender. Add the turnip greens and cook until just wilted. Season with salt and pepper and a squeeze of lemon juice.

Roasted Turnips With Ginger

Peel and cut turnips into wedges. Toss with sliced fresh ginger, canola oil, salt, and pepper on a rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with honey and roast at 400° F until tender.

Mashed Turnips With Crispy Bacon

Simmer peeled and cut-up turnips in boiling salted water until tender. Drain and mash with butter, salt, and pepper. Fold in crumbled cooked bacon and chopped chives; top with shaved Parmesan.

Creamy Leek and Turnip Soup

Cook thinly sliced leeks in butter in a large saucepan until soft. Add peeled and cut-up turnips and enough chicken broth to cover. Simmer until very tender. Puree until smooth, adding water or broth as necessary to adjust the consistency. Season with salt and pepper.

And here are some slightly more complicated turnip recipes from TheKitchn.com

http://www.thekitchn.com/in-season-turnips-and-interest-67615


 
Oct
02
    
Posted (Lori) in News
2- Broccoli
1 bunch- Bella Luna White Turnips
1 lb. – Carrots
1 bunch- Collard Greens
2- White Onions
1 bunch- Mizuna
1 bunch- Red Mustard
1 bunch- French Breakfast Radishes
2- Jalapeño Hot Peppers (VERY HOT USE WITH CAUTION)
1 bunch- Arugula
Optional Shares this week
Mushroom Share
Shiitake
Fruit Share: Grown by Klein Kill Orchard
1 bag- Empire Apples and Bartlett Pears
2- Broccoli
1 bunch- Bella Luna White Turnips
1 lb. – Carrots
1 bunch- Collard Greens
2- White Onions
1 bunch- Mizuna
1 bunch- Red Mustard
1 bunch- French Breakfast Radishes
2- Jalapeño Hot Peppers (VERY HOT USE WITH CAUTION)
1 bunch- Arugula
Optional Shares this week
Mushroom Share
Shiitake
Fruit Share: Grown by Klein Kill Orchard
1 bag- Empire Apples and Bartlett Pears