We are experiencing cold weather and dreary days here in North Carolina and that just reminds me that January has to be my least favorite month. Even though I try very hard not to get the winter blahs with cloudy cold days, I have to fight getting the doldrums. I mentioned in my post on Monday that I visited the library over the weekend. I wanted to browse through some cookbooks to see if I could be inspired to prepare food in a different way, especially vegetables. Now don’t get my wrong, I still love the way we prepare our vegetables in the South but I would like to amp up my vegetable preparation to just make them a little tastier. I recently prepared collards and seasoned them with a Harissa Olive Oil and that added a little heat to the dish but we really enjoyed the flavor.
As I browsed through Justin Wilson’s cookbook “Justin Wilson’s Homegrown Louisiana Cookin”, I saw this recipe for Turnip Au Gratin. It really caught my attention as I love turnips. That wasn’t always true as my Mother and Grandmother would boil them in water with a bacon grease seasoning until they were mushy. My Mother-in-law made the best turnips and I really don’t know how she seasoned them but she diced them into real small pieces. They were always so good and did not have a strong taste. As I read over this recipe, I think it could really be a main dish with the three types of cheese included in the recipe. I have never heard of turnips prepared this way but it sounds comforting and tasty.
Justin recommends using large turnips in the recipe but I have always thought that the smaller turnips don’t have such a strong taste to them. My recommendations would be to look for small firm turnips and they are available this time of year. I really think you could call this surprise casserole and most people would not recognize the turnips as a main ingredient with all the other luscious additions to this.
As I read over Justin’s cookbook, there is one thing that I realize and it is the fact that he enjoyed cooking. I enjoy cooking too and it helps me to rid myself of the winter blahs. I actually got excited and enthused when I read this and I don’t remember getting so excited over a vegetable in a long time, especially a turnip. Hope you are having a great January and thanks for stopping by.