Sunday, December 11, 2016

Turnip-Apple Mash for Foodie Reads 2016

I've had this cookbook - MASHED: Beyond the Potato by Holly Herrick* - on my nightstand for several weeks. When I saw turnips and apples in my CSA box this past week, I remembered a recipe in here I've been meaning to try.

On the Page...
In the introduction to MASHED: Beyond the Potato Holly Herrick writes "mashed foods conjure up images of comfort, even childhood. ...In addition to comfort, mashed foods inspire the notion of simplicity, which is largely true."

She goes on to share a secret: "The most important thing is to start with the freshest, best-quality food and ingredients you can find." That's always a good rule for any cooking. So, back to those CSA apples and turnips...

On the Plate...
Herrick starts with potatoes, then moves to other vegetable mashes. I am looking forward to trying her Buttery Parsley Rutabaga Mash and the Nutty Southern-Style Hubbard Squash Mash and Candied Pecan Crush. And, on the less traditional side of mashes, her Chunky Egg Salad and Caper Mash and Mashed Bananas Foster Sundaes will definitely be on my table soon. Very soon.

Her recipes are simple and delicious. And the photographs by Alexandra Defurio are vivid and beautiful.


  • 3 medium turnips, peeled and cubed
  • 1 shallot, peeled and quartered
  • 1 C stock (I used beef)
  • 1/2 C water
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 large apple, cored and cubed
  • 1 T butter
  • 1 t raw honey
  • 1 t sour cream
  • freshly ground salt
  • freshly ground pepper

Place the turnips, shallots, stock, water, and thyme in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Add in the apples and cook until everything is fork-tender.

Drain and remove the thyme sprigs, but reserve some of the cooking liquid.

Place the drained turnips and apples in the bowl of a food processor. Add in about 3/4 C cooking liquid. Add in the butter, honey, and sour cream. Pulse until smooth and incorporated. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve hot.

We served ours with tender chunks of Masitas de Puerco Fritas.

Here's what everyone else read in December 2016: here.

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  1. Those recipe titles sound so good. I loved mashed up food.

  2. I like serving something other than mashed potatoes as a side to our meals.

    1. Me, too. They didn't love the turnips, but they ate them!