Baked Turnip Fries with Miso Butter
School starts on Tuesday and my two girls are getting a little bit excited and a little bit nervous about their transition to a new school this year. It’ll be the first time they are riding the bus as well so they’ve been a bit anxious about the change. I know it’ll go just fine. We just need to get the first day or two out of the way. I feel better knowing that each of them knows at least one kid that will be in their class so there will be a familiar face to say “hello” to in the morning. Plus, both of their teachers seem wonderful and excited about what they do. This past week, I’ve been packing in all of the “lasts” for the summer before school starts. The last beach date, the last big latenight bonfire (with s’mores, of course) and the last time the girls will accompany me to the farmer’s market for the year. It’s been so fun having the farmer’s market as a tool to teach my daughters about their food choices and sustainability giving them a social experience and a lesson in budgeting their dollars since they always want to get either the hand squeezed lemonade or the kettle corn made right there on site. It has been a good summer and I feel so very humbled and blessed with all that God has provided for me and my family this summer.
My garden has also blessed me with a bounty of turnips which I’ve never grown before. I typically pair them with potatoes and mash them together for mashed root veggies and gravy. It gives the mashed taters just a hint of peppery goodness but not so much that anyone really notices. For a change this time, I decided to try making them into fries. Turnip fries won’t get as crispy as regular potatoes but I’ve found that if you soak the fries in cold water for 30 minutes prior to baking, it removes some of the starch which helps them get more crisp. For seasoning, a combination of miso paste and butter brushed on the fries compliments the unique turnip flavor perfectly. Another alternative that’s delicious is to toss in olive oil and sprinkle with Cajun seasoning for a spicy bite.
- 3-4 medium turnips
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1 tablespoon miso paste
- water for soaking
- cilantro for garnish (optional)
- Peel turnips and cut them into long thin fingers.
- Fill a mixing bowl with cold water and place fries in the water for 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
- Drain water and dry fries on a kitchen towel.
- Soften butter and blend with miso paste until smooth.
- Toss fries in miso butter mixture or brush on fries with a basting brush.
- Spread fries onto an ungreased baking sheet in a single layer.
- Bake for about 20 minutes turning fries a couple times during baking.