The Main Ingredient Of The Dish: Prairie Turnips

Prairie turnips, also known as wild parsnip, are a root vegetable native to northern North America. These crunchy and sweet tubers have an earthy flavor that works well in many dishes. Here are five recipes featuring prairie turnips as the main ingredient.

1. Roasted Prairie Turnips: Cut prairie turnips into cubes and lightly coat with olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast in a 400 degree oven for 25 minutes or until golden brown. Serve as a side dish to accompany your favorite entrée.

2. Mashed Prairie Turnips: Boil peeled prairie turnips for 15 minutes or until tender. Drain, then mash together with butter, cream and nutmeg to taste. Serve this savory side dish as a replacement for mashed potatoes.

3. Braised Prairie Turnips: Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat and add garlic, onion and prairie turnips. Cook for five minutes, stirring occasionally. Add chicken broth, white wine vinegar and thyme. Simmer for 30 minutes or until the turnips are tender. Serve as an accompaniment to your favorite meat dish.

4. Baked Prairie Turnip Fries: Cut peeled prairie turnips into thin slices and spread onto a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper. Bake in an oven preheated to 425F for 20 minutes or until crisp and golden brown. Serve as a delicious snack or alongside your favorite protein dish.

5. Prairie Turnip Soup: Heat butter in a large pot over medium heat and add chopped onion, celery and garlic. Cook until the vegetables are tender. Add diced prairie turnips, chicken stock and bay leaf. Simmer for 25 minutes or until the turnips are soft. Puree the soup with an immersion blender until smooth. Serve warm with a sprinkle of freshly grated Parmesan cheese.