Healthy living

Swede

Widely available in soup packs. Pale yellow, tinged with purple.

Selection

Select small turnips and swedes that feel heavy for their size.

Uses

Soups, casseroles and mashes (cooked and mashed with potatoes they are known as ‘tatties’ and ‘neeps’ in Scotland and accompany haggis).

Cooking

Wash thoroughly then peel.

Boil or steam for 10-15 minutes until tender. Cooking time is dependent on size and quantity.

Microwave in a covered dish with 2 tablespoons water on high (100%) for approximately 8 minutes, stirring after 4 minutes to ensure even cooking.

Serving suggestion

Place peeled chunks of swede into a lightly greased baking dish, cover with good flavoured stock, lay baking paper on top and braise at 180 °C for 45-60 minutes until tender. Move dish to the stove-top (if flame-proof) or tip into a saucepan and boil fast, stirring until vegetables are coated with a syrupy sauce. Season well and sprinkle with chopped herbs. Serve as a vegetable side dish.


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