Roasted turnips and pears with rosemary honey drizzle

The colder weather brings us turnips, parsnips and swedes but they’re a tricky bunch to convince kids to eat… Unless they’re swaddled in buttery honeyed goodness! Serve this with roast pork.

Fresh from the garden: turnips, pears, rosemary
Recipe source: adapted from a recipe by Susie Middleton in Fast, Fresh & Green (seen on marthastewart.com)
Serves: 4 as a side dish or 24 tastes

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Equipment:

  • Large rimmed baking tray
  • Baking paper
  • Paper towel
  • Chopping boards and knives
  • Mixing bowls
  • Spatula
  • Mezzaluna
  • Scales
  • Measures: ¼ cup, tablespoon, teaspoon
  • Small saucepan
  • Serving bowls
Ingredients:

  • 4 medium purple-topped turnips
  • 2 firm ripe Bosc pears
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1½ teaspoons coarse salt
  • 25g unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary

 

What to do:

  • Preheat oven to 220C. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with baking paper and set aside.
  • Scrub the turnips under running water and wipe dry. Without peeling, chop them into 2cm cubes by cutting into slices first, then rods, then cubes.
  • Wash and dry the pears and prepare in the same way as the turnips, discarding the cores.
  • In a large bowl, toss together turnips and pears with oil and salt until well combined. Place in an even layer on prepared baking sheet.
  • Transfer to oven and roast, turning with a spatula once or twice during cooking, until browned and turnips are easily pierced with a paring knife, 25 to 30 minutes, rotating baking sheet halfway through baking.
  • Meanwhile, wash the rosemary sprig and wipe dry with paper towel. Strip the needles from the stalk and finely chop using the mezzaluna. We will need about a tablespoon’s worth.
  • Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add honey and rosemary; let simmer for a few seconds and remove from heat.
  • Transfer turnips and pears to serving bowls and drizzle with butter mixture. Toss to combine and serve.

Notes: What other classic fruit and vegetable combinations can you think of? What does a turnip smell like?

 

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2 thoughts on “Roasted turnips and pears with rosemary honey drizzle

  1. Oh lovely. I make roasted turnip chips in honey with Apple and rosemary this must be exquisite. I will be trying thank you!!

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