My daughters made these turnip root fries for Scott and me on our anniversary this year. They loaded them with cheese, bacon, chives, and luscious sour cream that made turnips addictive!
I love that these turnip fries are baked yet still crunchy on the outside and creamy in the middle. How can you beat this healthy comfort food? I could eat these every day with just a little salt and other seasonings for flavor. Loaded with the higher calorie toppings, they’re an incredible treat for a special occasion.
You can find this recipe and more like it in my cookbook, Harvest.
Are Turnips Bitter? Depends on Your Genes.
Interestingly, many are born with with a “sensitive” gene that makes turnips twice as bitter as those born with two “insensitive” genes. Even if you are “sensitive” to the bitter of the greens, however, you will still enjoy these fries.
Personally, I like the taste of turnip greens. If you like them, too, here are some tips on how to harvest, clean, and cook them Southern Style.
Health Benefits of Turnip Fries
Baked turnip fries are not only scrumptious, they are super healthy. Turnip roots are high in fiber and contain calcium. Their nutrients help your heart, muscles, and nerves. They have just about every vitamin known to man in them too!
Loaded with toppings of your choice, these baked fries are great as a treat for those of you on a low-carb diet!
Now for the turnip fries recipe! These are the luscious toppings our daughters treated us with on our anniversary. Feel free to swap out the cheese, sour cream, and bacon with the toppings of your choice. The important thing is to watch the temperature and timing of the baking to keep the fries creamy on the inside while crunchy on the outside.
Loaded Baked Turnip Fries
- 3-4 pound turnip roots , washed and peeled
- 3 tablespoons butter , melted
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil , melted
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
- 4 ounces sour cream
- 1/2 pound bacon , fried and crumbled
- 1/2 bunch green onions , finely chopped
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- Cut turnip root into one to two (maybe 3 to 4) inch thick fries. In a medium saucepan, melt butter and vegetable oil. Place fries in a the pan with the melted butter and oil and coat well. Add salt, pepper, smoked paprika, and garlic powder to the fries and incorporate until distributed evenly.
- Pour the fries onto a baking sheet. andake for about 25 to 35 minutes or until crisp on the outside, but tender on the inside. Plate the fries. Sprinkle cheeses over the fries then dollop with the sour cream. Sprinkle bacon and chives over the fries and dig in.