Parmesan Crusted Smashed Turnips over Turnip Greens

What a treat we have been given with a harvest of turnips! These turnips are encrusted with parmesan, and served over a bed of their own greens (note – these are a bit bitter! But I personally still enjoy them) 🙂

Ingredients (for 4 patties)

  • 4 Small – Medium Turnips
  • 1/4 Cup Grated Parmesan
  • 3 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to Taste
  • Juice of 1/2 a Lemon
  • 1 Small Onion
  • 3 Cloves of Garlic


  • Chop the leaves off of the turnips, and tear off the soft leaves from the stem and set aside
  • Boil the turnips for 20-25 minutes, or until soft enough for a knife to easily pierce it
  • In the meantime, sautee the onions and garlic in 1tbsp of olive oil until browned in a separate pan. Add the turnip greens, salt, pepper, and the lemon juice. Continue to cook down until completely softened.
  • Take a piece of paper towel, place the turnips on it once they are ready, and cover with another piece of paper towel. Smash down the turnips to flatten them with a potato masher.
  • Top the turnips with 1 tbsp of olive oil, salt and pepper, and the parmesan cheese
  • In a pan, add the final tbsp of olive oil, and cook the turnip patties until they begin to form a crust. Flip half way through, It will take approximately 2 minutes each side. Keep an eye on them in order not to burn them, keep on a medium heat.
  • Serve the turnip patties over the bed of greens, and enjoy!

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