How to cook turnip greens might be something you wonder about when walking in the grocery store in the fall.
Turnip greens are a popular side dish in Southern homes. These greens are one of those side dishes that all women in the south know how to cook. Each southern home cook has her own special way of making them.
Cooking turnip greens is really pretty easy. I will share a recipe in just a little bit, but I want to take a few minutes to give you more information about them.
How to cook turnip greens – what to look for when purchasing
- Look for greens that are crips and fresh
- Stay away from those with discolored edges or spots
- They should have a sweet smell, if they smell sour, do not buy
How to cook turnip greens – how do I store them?
- If they have a rubber band at the stem area, cut it off
- You can wash them before storage or store as is. If you wash first, they must be totally dry before you store them
- Wrap loosely in paper towels and then in a plastic bag. Press the air out of the bag. The paper towel absorbs moisture
- They can be stored for 3 days to a week
- Do not store next to fruits and vegetables that give off ethylene gas (bananas & apples) this will cause them to spoil quickly
- Good for your hair and skin. They are high in vitamin A
- They help you increase your iron absorption
- High in vitamin K which can improve bone health
- High in fiber and water which helps you maintain a healthy digestive system
How to cook turnip greens – southern style
- 2 bunches of turnip greens, stems cut out, sliced
- 1 large or two small turnips, cut in cubes (optional)
- 3 slices of bacon, chopped (I use nitrate free bacon)
- 1/2 onion, chopped
- 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Wash turnip greens well. You may want to rinse them two or three times.
- When cutting turnip greens, I lay some leaves on top of each other and then roll them up and then slice.
- If you are adding the turnip to the recipe, peel and chop in cubes. Boil until tender. (about 15 minutes).
- Cook bacon in a large frying pan. When slightly crisp remove from pan and lay on a plate covered with a paper towel. Keep about 2 TBL of the bacon grease in the pan.
- Add onions to the pan and cook in the bacon grease until softened. Add garlic and greens and cook until the greens begin to wilt. They should have a bit of a bite to it and not be soggy.
- Add the cooked turnip and return the bacon to the pan. Cook till well heated.
- Add salt and pepper to taste.
Then I slice them into long strips. You can chop them further at this point. I am a lazy cooke and will leave the greens in long strips.
My family loves this recipe for turnip greens. It is an easy recipe and won’t take long to cook. Turnips are in season now and it is much healthier to eat foods that are in season.
Try this dish tonight and let me know what you think. If you are an instagram lover, like me, share a photo of your recipe and tag it with #FeedingBig and I will check it out and re-share it.
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