Turnip Risotto

May 23, 2012
1 Rating
Author Notes

I have been dying to adapt Marcus Samuelsson's risotto technique from his New American Table book. Its deceptively simple yet still yields a beautiful, creamy texture. How it works, I have no idea becuase he foregoes completely the gradual adding of hot stock and dumps it all in at the beginning and just stirs. I thought why not use it now and incorporate some of the beautiful baby turnips abounding. The turnips get chopped and blend in beautifully with the creamy rice. I have always seen bacon as the traditional approach to taming turnip greens - but I went with another delicious source of umami - miso. It works beautifully. —meganvt01

Test Kitchen Notes

Creamy and full of savory dark notes, meganvt01’s Turnip Risotto takes an unlikely combination of ingredients – turnip, rosemary, miso – and an unusual technique to create a toothsome risotto that is difficult to stop eating. The key to this dish is her smart use of miso. Not only does it provide depth of flavor and salt (in fact, I did not need any additional salt after stirring in the miso), but along with the egg yolk, nearly pulls off a palate pleasing trick. Just at the point when you are second-guessing having added all the stock at once, because your rice is tender but not creamy, you stir in the miso and egg yolk, along with some parmesan and rosemary, and voilà – instant texture and a rich combination of flavors. It is a dish worth repeating. The only hitch for me is that the creaminess does not come from the rice itself, but rather from the silky yolk and smooth miso. —gingerroot

  • Serves 4
  • 2 large shallots, peeled and chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1/2 pound baby turnips, peeled and chopped. greens removed and separately chopped
  • 1 cup arborio rice
  • 1/3 cup white wine
  • 2.5 cups vegetable or chicken stock
  • 3 tablespoons grated parmesan
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon minced rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons white miso
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup toasted walnuts, roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 - 2 teaspoons kosher salt
In This Recipe
  1. In a medium saucepan, boil salted water. Blanch the turnip greens for 1 minute. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan over medium heat, heat the olive oil. Add shallots and cook for 4 minutes. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes cook for another minute.
  3. Add the arborio rice and stir. Allow it to toast for 2 minutes. Add the wine and let it reduce by half.
  4. Add the chopped turnip and broth to the rice, stir and simmer for 15 - 20 minutes. Stir the mixture frequently. With about 5 minutes left - add the turnip greens to the rice.
  5. When the rice is cooked to al dente and the turnip is tender, stir in the Parmesan, miso, egg yolk, and rosemary. Season with salt and plenty of freshly ground black pepper.
  6. Serve immediately with toasted walnuts on top and extra Parmesan if desired.

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Recipe by: meganvt01

After spending years in school while working full time, I'm happy to finally have my evenings pursuing my other passion, cooking! I have a 4 year old boy and a husband that are both adventurous eaters and supportive tasters. I spend a good bit of my vacation travel preparation researching local and regional foods and my friends all make fun of my food obsession. I've always been pretty confident with my techniques cooking from recipes but I am enjoying Food52's challenge of putting those techniques to work for my own versions of my favorite foods. I love to learn and the group of people that contribute to this site are a great resource. As an Annapolis native, I love to cook with our local produce and seafood whenever possible. I try to support our community of fisherman, farmers, other food producers and chefs as much as possible.