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Roasted Turnips with Wilted Turnip Greens

A tasty root vegetable side dish or main course.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 40 minutes
Total: 50 minutes
Servings: 2 main course (or 4 side-dish) servings.
Author: The Bojon Gourmet

Ingredients

  • 2 bunches small tokyo or salad turnips, with their greens , (around 15 small turnips in all, weighing roughly 1 1/4 pounds)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, plus 1 tablespoon for cooking the greens
  • 3 ounces bacon, diced, (2 or 3 strips)
  • salt
  • squeeze lemon juice
  • 1/2 - 1 bunch chives, snipped
  • black pepper

Instructions

  • Position a rack in the lower center of the oven and preheat to 450ยบ.
  • Cut the greens off of the turnips and reserve. Wash the turnips and trim away the tail and stem ends. If your turnips are bigger than a ping pong ball, halve them; if they're much larger, cut them into quarters.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a large, oven-proof skillet over a medium flame. Add the diced bacon, and cook, stirring occasionally, until crisp, a few minutes. Lift the bacon out of the pan leaving behind the fat.
  • Add the turnips to the pan, sprinkle with a few pinches of salt, and toss to coat them in the oil. Put the pan into the oven, and roast until caramelized and tender, about 30 minutes, turning the turnips a few times throughout the baking.
  • While the roots roast, wash the turnip greens well, and either cut each leaf off the stem, or use the lazy approach: stack a bunch of leaves on top of one another, and begin slicing the leaves into 1/2" ribbons until you get to the stemmy part, then discard. (If you cut off all the stems, have a beer, then stack and slice as directed.)
  • When the roots are done, remove them from the pan. Place the pan over a medium flame (don't forget - that pan handle is hot!) and swirl in the remaining tablespoon of olive oil. Add the sliced greens, and toss with tongs until wilted and tender, about 5 minutes. Season with a bit of salt and a squeeze of lemon. Add the turnips and bacon to the pan, then add the chives and a few good turns of black pepper. Adjust the seasoning as you wish, then serve.

Notes

Adapted from WrightFood.
If you want to get fancy, use pancetta or guanciale in place of the bacon. And if you want to get completely bad ass, Matt will show you how to make your own guanciale. Most any soft herb would work in place of the chives: parsley, chervil or tarragon, for instance.
Nutritional values are based on one of two main course servings.

Nutrition

Calories: 497kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 909mg | Potassium: 1832mg | Fiber: 16g | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin A: 220IU | Vitamin C: 196mg | Calcium: 274mg | Iron: 2.9mg
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