Mashed Turnips with White Truffle Oil

Mashed Turnips with White Truffle Oil – healthy side dish for Thanksgiving dinner!

Turnips having a strong flavor, are considered by some highly complementary to meat and game. In some regions, mashed turnips are traditional in Thanksgiving menus. Other prefer rutabagas with a certain game.

Turnips in a bowl

Mashed Turnips with White Truffle Oil

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By Yelena Strokin Serves: 4

One and a half pounds of turnips serve about 4 people. Scrub, peel and cut them in large pieces or dice. Tiny young turnips may be scraped or pared and cooked whole. If you like you can add plenty of butter for reacher flavor and some cream instead of milk.


  • 1 1/2 lb. turnips (about 3 large turnips), peeled, cut into chunks
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
  • salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • white truffle oil for serving



Combine the turnips, milk, and garlic in a medium saucepan. Set over medium heat and partially cover the pan. Bring to a gentle simmer and cook for 15-20 minutes, until the turnips are tender.


Drain the turnips, reserving the cooking liquid, and transfer to a food processor. Add parsley, season with salt and pepper and puree until smooth. Add some of the reserved cooking liquid, if necessary. Sprinkle with white truffle oil. Serve hot.

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    November 20, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    I have never tried mashed turnips..Nice recipe will try it out soon..

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    Rebecca Subbiah
    November 20, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    oh la al adore this

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    November 20, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    As always.. it sounds and looks amazing! I think you can make anything like the most delicious thing in the world! 🙂

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    November 21, 2012 at 2:26 am

    Thank you, Medeja. Th mashed turnip actually is a very tasty dish. This is a first time for me and I like to say that I am going to cook it again. I like my photos today also, they have a different feeling.

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    November 22, 2012 at 3:23 am

    Oh, we love mashed turnips! Repa is a great food that was the main vegetable until potato arrived… 🙂

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