There isn’t much that frying doesn’t improve and these Crispy Fried Turnips are no exception.
I was casting about for some kind of appetizing vegetable side in the midst of our Canadian winter.
Root vegetables seem to abound at the grocery store. I am a big fan of roasted root vegetables but sometime you just want something a little different.
These turnips are cubed and pan fried until they are golden. A sprinkle of bread crumbs adds extra crispy texture.
I have become a big fan of ghee of late so I have taken to using it whenever I am frying something. It adds a bit deeper butter flavour but you can certainly use regular butter instead.
My bread crumbs were homemade and a bit finer than the store bought ones. Don’t use Panko- they will be too coarse for the size of the turnip cubes. Just the regular seasoned bread crumbs will be fine.
I was picking at these like a snack while I was working on other dishes in the kitchen and before I knew it they were pretty much gone! So…. I don’t have an recommendations or pictures to show you what I served them with!
That is probably a pretty good thumbs up for the recipe as it is!
- Oven proof skillet
- 4 small turnips (about 1lb)
- 2 Tbsp ghee or regular butter
- pinch of dried thyme Optional
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 Tbsp bread crumbs
- Peel and trim the ends of the turnip. Dice turnip into 1/2" cubes.
- Melt the ghee or butter in an oven proof skillet on medium high heat. Add the thyme if using.
- Add the turnips and allow to fry about 5 minutes without stirring. Stir then allow turnips to fry another 4 minutes or so.
- Preheat the broiler while turnips are frying. Leave the rack in the mid oven position.
- When turnips are tender through, sprinkle with salt and the bread crumbs.
- Put skillet in oven with the broiler for a couple of minutes to allow the bread crumbs to crisp up.
- Remove and serve immediately.