Thursday, November 5, 2015

Mashed Potatoes and Turnips #comfortfood #recipe @lucyburdette

LUCY BURDETTE: I was mulling over recently what to make for this blog for our Thanksgiving week. Both my mother and sister-in-law had mashed rutabagas on their menu (the German influence)--my mother made them separately and Margaret mashed them right in with the potatoes.
the last of my gorgeous zinnias

Then I spotted a gorgeous purple turnip at the farmer's market and decided this was meant to be. If you are using rutabagas (yellow flesh, larger than turnips, and often waxed in the supermarket), you will need to cook them longer than the potatoes. Fresh turnips (purple skin and white flesh) are softer--I cooked them right in with the potatoes.


Ingredients for two people

3 red or yellow potatoes
1 good-sized turnip
1/3 cup milk
2 tablespoons butter
salt and pepper, as desired


Peel the turnip and potatoes and cut them into bite-sized pieces.

Simmer about twenty minutes in a pot of water to cover until soft and easily pierced with a fork.

Drain the vegetables while you warm the milk and butter together. 

Add the potatoes and turnips back into the pot and mash with a hand mixer until smooth.

Serve with anything, in this case meatloaf. Comfort food at its finest!

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  1. Sounds like delicious comfort food! Do you have carrot in the meatloaf????

  2. Yes, lots of carrots in the meat loaf. You can find the recipe on this blog if you search for Lucy Burdette meatloaf. However, since my sodium is now restricted, I cut out the Lipton's soup and put in some onion powder. Still tastes yummy!

    1. Yummy. I have been adding carrots to lots of things, but never considered meatloaf! Fantastic idea.

  3. Intriguing.
    What is the flavor of the turnip? I've used rutabagas in stews, but not on their own.

    1. A little sharper than potatoes, but not overwhelming. I actually prefer the mashed rutabagas even more, but that may be nostalgia:)

  4. Roberta, I am so jealous of those zinnias! A deer came up on our deck and nipped all the buds off mine!

    1. Oh maddening Leslie! We lost a lot of veggies to our resident woodchucks, but had a bumper crop of zinnias. Going to plant even more next year...

    2. Hey wait! Aren't deer supposed to be repelled by zinnias??? So much for that!

  5. Roberta, I am so jealous of those zinnias! A deer came up on our deck and nipped all the buds off mine!

  6. I think I would like this recipe but not so sure about the rest of the family. I have slipped veggies in different foods. Sometimes they notice, sometimes they don't.

  7. I can't believe you still have zinnias! They're so beautiful. Since I'm crazy for mashed potatoes, I suspect I would like this a great deal, too.

  8. I am v. jealous about the zinnias, but despite that thank you for the lovely and comforting recipe.