When on a low carb diet, you could miss starchy foods like potatoes. There are many options to replace a side dish like mashed potatoes. You can try options like mashed cauliflower, which is also a low carb side dish. But, if you really want something easy to make and yummy, you can try these mashed turnips with bacon recipe. It is perfect for a low carb diet and even a KETO diet.
The flavor and texture of this dish are closer to mashed cauliflower than mashed potatoes. You must understand that it does not taste like mashed potatoes at all. But it is a simple side dish for any low carb meal or Thanksgiving gathering.
I found the mashed turnips separate as it cools, just like it does with mashed cauliflower. Make it at the last minute to keep its form a little longer. If you are concerned that it will get too watery, try not adding as much cream to it.
What ingredients are in this Mashed Turnips with Bacon Recipe?
1 LB of turnips - cleaned, peeled, and cut into small cubes
2 tbsp cream cheese
¼ cup heavy cream
2 tbsp sour cream
2 tbsp minced chives
1 tsp Himalayan salt
½ tsp pepper (black) coarse
8 pieces of bacon strips
1 tsp of granulated garlic
1 tbsp of butter
How to make mashed turnips with bacon?
Cook bacon in an air fryer or in the oven. The air fryer cooked it within 10 minutes. In the oven, it will take 20 minutes. Make sure the bacon is cooked before starting the rest of the dish.
Cut the turnips and peel them. Cut them into small cubes for quick cooking. Place them into a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Cook for about 20-30 minutes or until you can mash a cube with your fork.
Meanwhile, cut the cooked bacon into pieces. Measure out the rest of the ingredients. For the heavy cream, measure out ¼ of a cup but note you may not use it all. Then, measure out two tablespoons of cream cheese and 2 tablespoons of sour cream. Mince the chives and place them in a small bowl. Measure out 1 tsp of salt and ½ tsp of pepper. I used coarse pepper, but you can use the ground if you want. Reduce the ground pepper quantity to ¼ tsp.
Drain the cooked turnips after they are finished and place them back into the saucepan where it was cooking. Put the heat on low. Then, add the cream cheese, sour cream, salt and pepper, and as much of the heavy cream you feel is needed. Mash the turnips. It will not be creamy like mashed potatoes, it will look more like mashed cauliflower. If you want it smoother, you could try an emulsion blender.
NOTE: Taste it, if it tastes bitter to you, add 1 tsp of granulated garlic and 1 tbsp of butter and mix. It will take out the bitterness.
Add the crumbles of bacon to the turnip mash. Then, add the chives. Mix well. Serve immediately.
Below is the recipe if you want to print it.
Below is the finished mashed turnip dish. What do you think? Would you try it? Please leave a rating above if you do.