The smell of hot buttery turnips always reminds me of the holiday season when my grandmother prepared this dish for the family. Originally submitted to ThanksgivingRecipe.com.

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Ingredients

9
Original recipe yields 9 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Peel, wash, and quarter turnips.

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  • Boil 35-45 minutes or until tender. Strain and rinse cooked turnips.

  • Place in large mixing bowl and use fork to break up turnips into smaller bits. Add milk and butter. Blend to desired consistency. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Nutrition Facts

76 calories; 2.2 g protein; 10.4 g carbohydrates; 9 mg cholesterol; 124.7 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/16/2004
My husband and I are on a low-carb diet - turnips are very low carb - so I decided to fix this. I'm normally not fond of turnips, but this recipe is excellent - it reminds me of mashed potatoes. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
10/09/2009
Cut way back on the milk - or better yet stir in heavy cream a little at a time - to avoid ending up with nasty watery turnips. I also like turnips and cauliflower mashed together. Thanks! Read More
(14)
78 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 39
  • 4 star values: 21
  • 3 star values: 9
  • 2 star values: 8
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
01/16/2004
My husband and I are on a low-carb diet - turnips are very low carb - so I decided to fix this. I'm normally not fond of turnips, but this recipe is excellent - it reminds me of mashed potatoes. Read More
(96)
Rating: 5 stars
01/16/2004
My husband and I are on a low-carb diet - turnips are very low carb - so I decided to fix this. I'm normally not fond of turnips, but this recipe is excellent - it reminds me of mashed potatoes. Read More
(96)
Rating: 5 stars
11/29/2006
I made these for my husband for Thanksgiving! He loves turnip. I substituted the milk for cream and only used 1/4 cup. They were wonderful. Some previous reviews commented on how runny the turnip was try reducing the milk. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/16/2004
I love this but no one else at home will eat it so I scale it down to one portion. It smells a bit too so if you're having guests I would not suggest cooking this dish!:) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/28/2006
Glad I found this...I am trying to cut back on potatoes one of my favs so I tried the mashed turnips and they were just as good as mashed potatoes. I did add a bit of bacon grease in the water and some margarine while they cooked. They did seem to drain "water" after I mashed them but I just stirred them up again. Very good recipe and will be making it lots more. Read More
(29)
Rating: 4 stars
10/19/2010
These were quite tasty. Like other posters, I added butter as if making mashed potatoes, and ended up using just a "splurt" of half and half. Turnips, by nature, have a very high water content, and so I see why others felt they were runny. I mashed them in the pot, with the butter and tiny amount of cream, and then turned the burner back up to medium to reduce the excess liquid before serving. That worked out quite well! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/24/2007
I love turnips. Got lots of compliments on these. I used 1 enormous turnip, it made enough for at least 10 people. I had to adjust the milk and butter to taste. After boiling and draining I returned them to the pot to cook out the remaining/excess water so mine weren't soupy/soggy at all. Delish! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/19/2005
I have to admit I was a little leary about mashed turnips... but they are actually very good. I think next time I will cut back on the liquid a little. They turned out a little too wet so maybe a half of a cup instead. Otherwise they are a great addition to our recipe box. Perfect for a Atkin's friendly meal!! Thanks so much!! Read More
(21)
Rating: 5 stars
06/23/2005
I tried this recipe with some hesitation (but I had to use this giant turnip and had no idea what to do with it). I was pleasantly surprised -- I found Patty's mashed turnips more savory than plain mashed potatoes. I actually microwaved the turnip in a little water until it was soft (about 7 min.) then drained it. I also used a butter substitute (not a purist here) and it still turned out great. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/23/2006
Very yummy. I use a little more butter than the recipe calls for. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
10/09/2009
Cut way back on the milk - or better yet stir in heavy cream a little at a time - to avoid ending up with nasty watery turnips. I also like turnips and cauliflower mashed together. Thanks! Read More
(14)