Spiralized turnip noodles are a delicious base for eggs and fresh chives in this easy breakfast or dinner recipe!
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Turnips are in their peak season right now, but like, does anyone even like them?! Well, if you’ve been cooking them wrong this whole time then maybe you don’t. And it’s probably safe to say that turnips are not really the “favorite vegetable” type.
As with most veggies, the key to making turnips palatable (and even delicious!) is finding a good recipe for them. In the fall, I shared a Turnip and Beet Gratin that made me REALLY like turnips. So I got to thinking…what other recipes could I develop with these root vegetables? Then my Spiralized Rutabaga Breakfast Bowls popped into my mind and I figured I could make something similar!
What Do Turnips Taste Like?
Turnips have a pungent, slightly bitter taste that’s reminiscent of cabbage and rutabaga. Allegedly, the older they are, the more bitter they taste. However, I’ve never personally tried freshly harvested vs. old turnips so I can’t speak to that.
As turnips cook, they start to lose their bitterness and develop a mild, sweet taste. Cooked turnips generally taste better than raw ones, but you technically can eat them raw if you’re up for it. That will be my next turnip experiment: using raw, fresh turnips in a recipe.
There are several different types of turnips, but some of the most common varieties include white and purple top turnips. For the turnip noodles in this recipe, I used a purple top turnip.
After cooking them in a skillet with oil, chopped shallots, and garlic, the noodles developed a delicious sweet and savory flavor. Then I added some eggs and chives. That was a really great decision if I do say so myself ;-)…
Recommended Tools to Make Turnip Noodles
I haven’t seen pre-spiralized turnip noodles at any stores around me, but it’s possible some company out there makes them already “noodled”!
The easiest way to make turnip noodles is on your own with a spiralizer. If you’re looking for a spiralizer recommendation, here is the one I have. It has five different blades so you can pick what size you want your noodles to be!
How to Make Turnip Noodles
To make these delicious Turnip Noodles with Eggs and Chives, you will need: a large purple top turnip, a shallot, a clove of garlic, eggs, chives, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Aren’t simple recipes the best?
Once you gather your ingredients:
- Heat olive oil in a large skillet, add the chopped shallot and minced garlic.
- Scrub and trim your turnip, then run it through your spiralizer.
- Add the turnip noodles to the skillet and cook, stirring occasionally.
- Crack two eggs over the noodles and place the entire skillet under the broiler for a few minutes. Serve with fresh chives, salt, and pepper. YUM CENTRAL.
This recipe can be eaten for breakfast or dinner (or heck, even lunch!). It serves one person but can easily be doubled or tripled to serve more. Just grab another turnip and some more eggs!
Turnip Noodles with Eggs and Chives
- In a large skillet, heat one tablespoon of the olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped shallot and garlic and sauté for 3 to 5 minutes, or until the shallot is tender.
- While the shallot is cooking, scrub and trim the turnip. Run it through a spiralizer to make thin turnip noodles.
- Add the turnip noodles and the other tablespoon of olive oil to the skillet. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 to 7 minutes or until the turnip noodles are tender.
- Use your spoon to create two "nests" for the eggs in the skillet. Crack an egg into the middle of each nest. Turn your oven broiler to high, remove the skillet from the stovetop, and put the entire skillet under the broiler for 3 to 5 minutes, or until the eggs have cooked to your liking. Be careful not to overcook the eggs, and remember to use an oven mitt when transferring the skillet to and from the oven.
- Remove the skillet from the oven and transfer the turnip noodles and eggs to a plate. Top with fresh chives, salt, and pepper to taste. Enjoy!