Mashed Potatoes and Turnip with Chives

Mashed Potatoes and Turnip with ChivesI am not usually a turnip fan.  My mother used to serve them plain, mashed with butter.  I hated their strong flavor.   Now that I am a grown up, thought, I can appreciate that turnips have redeeming value.  They are full of vitamins, dietary fiber, even calcium.  So I am trying to like them, through baby steps.   Pairing them with mashed potatoes seemed like the perfect first step.  One turnip, mashed among five or six potatoes, doesn’t have much of a chance to be the dominant flavor.  Add a bunch of herbs and goat cheese and that sole turnip is just there for nutrition, not taste.  It was a great first step.  Maybe next time, I will add it to a soup.  For now, though, I can say I sort of like turnips.  Or at least I recognize their worth.

Frugal Tip: When you buy fresh herbs, immediately wrap them in a damp paper towel before you store them in your produce bin.  They will stay crisp and usable much longer than if you left them in a plastic bag.

Mashed Potatoes and Turnip with Chives


Mashed Potatoes and Turnip with Chives
  • 1 turnip, peeled and cubed
  • 5 potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh chives
  • 4 oz herb goat cheese
  • ½ cup milk (or more)
  • 1+ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ground pepper
  1. Place turnip and potatoes in a large saucepan or Dutch oven.
  2. Cover with water.
  3. Boil until tender.
  4. Drain off water.
  5. Mash with cheese and milk.
  6. Add more milk if you want a creamier consistency.
  7. Stir in chives, salt and pepper.


7 thoughts on “Mashed Potatoes and Turnip with Chives

  1. I have never had a turnip. Ever. Buuut I am willing to try new things (in baby steps too!). And I always feel guilty when I go full in on potatoes, this looks like the perfect start.

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