Sautéed Turnips with Garlic & Greens

Tossed with flavorful garlic, these turnips are incredibly tender thanks to a quick simmer in chicken stock.

Ingredients:
1 bunch Tokyo Market turnips with greens
2-3 garlic cloves, finely minced
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup chicken stock
¼ cup golden raisins, plumped in water and drained

Method:
1. Thoroughly wash turnips, then trim greens from turnip bulbs. Set greens out on a paper towel to drain. Meanwhile, trim turnip bulb ends and thinly slice. Then, coarsely chop greens.

2. Heat garlic in oil over medium heat in a large skillet until garlic begins to sizzle. Add the turnips and greens. Turn and coat with oil as you wilt the greens.

3. Add broth. Bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer 3 to 5 minutes to soften.

4. Transfer turnips, greens and garlic to a serving platter and top with plumped golden raisins.

Celery Root & Potato Purée

This beautiful side dish is a delightful spin on traditional mashed potatoes.

Ingredients:
1-2 celery roots, trimmed, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
1-1½ pounds fingerling potatoes, peeled and cut into ¾-inch cubes
2 cups chicken broth or water
2 cups whole milk
3 garlic cloves, peeled
3 thyme sprigs
1 bay leaf
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. Combine first 7 ingredients in heavy large pot. Add enough water to cover. Sprinkle with salt. Bring to boil, reduce heat to medium, and simmer with lid slightly ajar until vegetables are tender, 15 to 20 minutes.

2. Drain; return to pot. Discard thyme sprigs and bay leaf. Stir over medium heat to dry vegetables. Using potato masher, mash the vegetables until coarsely pureed and then add in the butter. Season with salt and pepper and serve warm.

Honey-Kissed Carrots with Sea Salt

The opposing flavors of sweet honey and flaky sea salt balance this beautiful side.

Ingredients:
1 bunch purple carrots, ends trimmed
¼ cup olive oil
2-3 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoons sea salt
Fresh ground pepper
Tomme, Grana or Parmesan cheese, for grating

Method:
1. Heat a large frying pan over medium heat. Add the oil, thyme, bay and garlic. When the oil is hot, add the carrots and cook, tossing often, for 7 to 9 minutes, or until tender.

2. Taste for seasoning, then add the honey and coat the carrots, tossing a few times before transferring to a serving dish. Sprinkle the sea salt evenly on the carrots, making sure it sticks to the honey. Lastly, add a couple of twists of black pepper and grated cheese if desired.

Braised Fingerling Potatoes

Buttered and simmered in water, these rich, flavorful potatoes will wow.

Ingredients:
2 pounds Russian Banana fingerling potatoes
2 cups water
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 tablespoons chopped parsley
¾ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper

Method:
1. Cut a round of parchment paper to fit just inside a 12-inch heavy skillet and butter one side.

2. Slice potatoes ⅛-inch thick with the slicing blade on a grater or with a mandoline. Arrange in layers in skillet. Add water, 1 teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper. Dot top with the butter.

3. Cover potatoes with parchment, buttered side down, and briskly simmer until tender and most of liquid has evaporated, 30 to 35 minutes. Serve sprinkled with parsley.

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