Sweet Potato & Turnip Mash with Sage Butter

21 Dec

Again, necessity dictated what I chose to make; we received turnips in the farm box, and the last time I tried to cook them, they turned out horribly bitter and unpleasant (I actually thought I had told the FFTY people not to send them anymore, but maybe I didn’t). Since I had them, I wanted to find a recipe that would make them edible. I also had a can of prepared sweet potatoes that had been around a while that I wanted to use up. The recipe turned out a bit soupier than it probably was supposed to, due to the extra moisture from the prepared potatoes, but it wasn’t bad at all.


  • 1 pound sweet potatoes, peeled and diced [I used a can of prepared sweet potatoes]
  • 8 ounces turnips (about 2 medium), peeled and diced
  • 3 large cloves garlic
  • 30 fresh sage leaves, divided (12 left whole, the rest cut into strips)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarsely cracked pepper


  1. Place potatoes, turnips, garlic and 12 sage leaves in a medium saucepan and cover with water [since I used prepared potatoes, I didn’t cook them, just the turnips, garlic, and sage]. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the vegetables are fork-tender, 12 to 15 minutes. Drain. Return the vegetables to the pan and keep covered.
  2. Heat butter in a small skillet over medium-high heat. As it melts and turns lightly brown, add the strips of sage and allow them to crackle and flavor the butter, about 1 minute.
  3. Pour the sage and butter over the vegetables and smash with a potato masher. Stir in salt and pepper and serve.

–Recipe courtesy Eating Well magazine.

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Posted by on December 21, 2011 in Uncategorized


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