Called Hakurei, Japanese, White Doll and Snowball, you’ll know this group of sweet turnips by their appearance (snow white and perfectly round, like Ping-Pong balls), texture (crisp, like a radish) and flavor (mild and sweet). Eat them raw on salads or lightly sauteed to retain some of their crunchiness.
2 bunches Hakurei turnips with greens
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
1. Trim the stems and root ends from the turnips. Rinse and cut into 1/2-inch cubes. Set aside. Trim most of the stems from the greens; discard. Wash the leafy greens, drain, and cut into 2- to 3-inch pieces. Set aside.
2. In a saute pan over high heat, melt the butter with the oil. Add the turnips, season lightly with salt and pepper, and cook without stirring for 2 minutes, until lightly browned on 1 side. Turn and cook on another side for 2 more minutes, without stirring, until lightly browned. Turn again and cook 1 more minute. Add the greens and cook, stirring, until wilted and bright green, about 1 minute. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Makes 4 servings. Preparation time: 5 minutes. Total time: 10 minutes