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- 2 bunches turnips with greens attached (1 3/4 to 2 pounds, including greens)
- 1 pound russet or Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and quartered
- salt to taste
- 1-2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 leek, white and light green parts only, finely choppe
- 2/3 cup low-fat milk, or as needed
- freshly ground black pepper
Cut away the greens from the turnips. Peel the turnips and quarter if they’re large; cut in half if they’re small. Stem the greens and wash in 2 changes of water. Discard the stems.
Combine the turnips and potatoes in a steamer set above 2 inches of boiling water. Steam until tender, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from the steamer and transfer to a bowl. Cover the bowl tightly and leave for 5 to 10 minutes so that the vegetables continue to steam and dry out.
Fill the bottom of the steamer with water and bring to a boil. Add salt to taste and add the greens. Blanch for 2 to 4 minutes, until tender. Transfer to a bowl of cold water using a slotted spoon or skimmer, then drain and squeeze out excess water. Chop fine. Drain the water from the saucepan, rinse and dry.
Heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil over medium heat in the saucepan and add the leek and a pinch of salt. Cook, stirring, until leeks are tender and translucent but not colored. Add the milk to the saucepan, bring to a simmer and remove from the heat.
Using a potato masher, a fork or a standing mixer fitted with the paddle, mash the potatoes and turnips while still hot. Add the turnip greens and combine well. Beat in the hot milk and the additional tablespoon of olive oil if desired, and season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve hot, right away, or transfer to a buttered or oiled baking dish and heat through in a low oven when ready to serve.
Advance preparation: You can make this several hours ahead and reheat as directed, or in a double boiler.
Nutritional information per serving: 208 calories; 1 gram saturated fat; 1 gram polyunsaturated fat; 3 grams monounsaturated fat; 3 milligrams cholesterol; 38 grams carbohydrates; 7 grams dietary fiber; 156 milligrams sodium (does not include salt to taste); 6 grams protein
Source: NY Times