Another long-time turnip greens fan here. Properly seasoned with bacon/ bacon grease, maybe a few diced raw onions and/or a bit of pepper vinegar and served with unsweetened cornbread. Collard greens are a close second. Not a big fan of mustard greens but had them a lot growing up as you ate what was put on the table if you wanted to eat.
We can’t find Turnips it’s almost always rutabagas which are in the same family but taste different. My mother still makes them Thanksgiving and Christmas. My wife and daughter love them, I will not touch them.
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Originally posted by irreverent: No. Parsnips are ok, but I remember sitting at the family during mealtime prep with male relatives putting their whole body into cutting up rutebegas. <snip>
A good fresh turnip or rutebega is a firm vegetable, and it can be tough to cut (especially if they’ve large) unless you use the right technique. Here’s mine…
I set the whole turnip flat on my cutting board and use a wooden mallet to drive my knife straight down through its center, producing two semicircular haves. Then I set each half on its cut surface and use the wooden mallet to drive my knife straight down, to make half inch slices. The slices can then easily be cut into cubes. All quite easy, and quite safe.
I use a Nakiri knife. “Nakiri” means “vegetable cutter” in Japanese (I’ve been told). It looks like a chef’s knife with 2” of its point cut off. Other differences: its cutting edge is straight, rather than convex. And its blade is thinner than a chef’s knife. Its VG10 edge is very sharp.
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