Thursday, September 29, 2011

Creamy Turnip Soup

Wonderful Fresh Turnips

There are so many vegetables that are overlooked and underrated.  Today I am spotlighting " Turnips".  My mother used turnips when fixing greens and other the veggies and she could not get us to eat them.  She once tried to persuade us that they were just like potatoes,  but she could not fool us.  Now I love the flavor of Turnips and they are very good in soups and stews. So I hope this recipe will enticed you try Turnips.  Enjoy!

Prep Time:15
Cooking Time: 20
Servings: 6

Main Ingredient

·       1 pound White Turnips (about 4 medium - peeled and cubed)
·       3 cups vegetable broth (low sodium)
·       3 tablespoons of unsalted butter
·       1 Small white onion, chopped
·       4 cloves garlic (chopped)
·       1/2 cup Instant Mashed Potatoes
·       1teaspoon Nutmeg
·       1 tablespoon Honey
·       4 ounces of Philadelphia Cream Cheese (Whipped)
·       2 tablespoons Fresh Parsley chopped

Creamy Turnip Soup

1.    Wash turnips, then peel and cut into cubes, about 1/2 inche thick. Just make sure the cubes are cut the same size so that they can evenly cook.
2.    In a stock pot (about 3 - 5 quart) pour vegetable broth and bring to a boil.
3.    Then add turnips, butter, onions, garlic and reduce heat, let simmer for 15 minutes or until fork tender.
4.    Remove from heat and let cool for a few minutes. Be careful when placing hot items in the blender as steam can blow the lid off.  
5.    Pour soup mixture into blender and add mashed potato flakes, nutmeg, honey and blend on medium speed until smooth, then add Philadelphia Cream Cheese and blend well.
6.    Return soup to pot and let simmer for about 2 - 3 minutes, season to taste with salt and pepper. Then add chopped parsley and blend.  Ladle soup into bowls and garnish with chopped scallions and additional parsley if desire.
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