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Cooking Turnips Greens in Boiling, Steaming and Microwave methods

Boiled Turnips

Some recipes call for parboiling turnips greens before continuing with the preparation. Plain boiled turnips are fine if the vegetable is ultra fresh. Serve them when they are still a little crisp, seasoned well with salt and pepper, and tossed with melted butter and chopped fresh parsley.

Place 1 1/2 pounds very small trimmed whole or cup-up turnips in boiling salted water to cover. Simmer over medium heat until tender, about 10 to 15 minutes, and drain. If the turnips greens are going to be cooked further as part of another recipe, drain them when they are still slightly crisp.

For a slightly different taste, substitute well-flavored chicken stock for the water when you boil the turnips. When the vegetable is cooked, drain and reserve the cooking liquid for us as a soup base.


Steamed Turnips

Place 1 1/2 pounds very small trimmed whole or cut-up turnips greens in a steamer basket or a colander. Steam, covered, over simmering water until tender, 15 to 20 minutes, depending on the size of the pieces.


Microwaved Turnips

Turnips greens are one vegetable that microwaves very well. Place up to 1 pound cup-up turnips in a microwaveable dish, add 2 tablespoons water. Cover with plastic microwave wrap, vent, and microwave on high 5 to 6 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before uncovering.

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