Creamy Mashed Turnips with Garlic and Onion

Briana

Briana

These Creamy Mashed Turnips with Garlic and Onion are a wonderfully simple low carb substitute for mashed potatoes. We’re telling cauliflower to move over, and encouraging you not to overlook the turnip, a subtly flavored and versatile low carb potato substitute. Add heavy whipping cream, caramelized onions with garlic, and plenty of butter to make this ultimate low carb side to accompany many dinner menus.


creamy mashed turnips with garlic and onion in a cast iron skillet

Here’s What You Need For These Creamy Mashed Turnips with Garlic and Onion:​

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 lbs small turnips, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 2 cups water (if cooking turnips on the stovetop or in the Instant pot, see notes)
  • 5 tbsp butter, divided
  • 100 grams yellow onion, about half an onion* (could sub onion powder to taste)
  • 3 cloves garlic* (could sub 1.5 tsp garlic powder, or to taste)
  • 1.5 tsp pink Himalayan salt (or to taste)
  • 2/3 tsp ground black pepper (or to taste)
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • Parsley for garnish, optional
mashed turnips with parsley in a cast iron skillet

Recipe Notes:

For best results, use small, younger turnips. These will have the most mild flavor. You may notice a slight bitter aftertaste with turnips, and the larger and older they get, the more this bitter taste increases.

The method: You could roast your turnip pieces in the oven at 400°F for 20-30 minutes to soften them if you like before making them into a mash. We opt for using our Instant pot to get the turnips ready to go quickly, but if you’re looking to ramp up the flavor, then give this a try! If boiling on the stovetop, cover the turnips with water and boil for 20 minutes or so, until the turnips are fork tender. We do also recommend pureeing the turnips with the other ingredients once soft, for a velvety smooth and creamy mash texture that can’t be beat.

Seasoning: Everything is sort of to taste in this recipe, as are most of our recipes. We recommend adding salt to taste, as the salt from your butter can affect the taste. Feel free to mix in any seasonings you want! We went for a classic taste with this recipe, so that it was well suited to many side dishes, but there are endless ways you could prepare this dish. We love to caramelize onions and garlic before adding them to our dishes, to add depth and flavor. You could however just season the turnips with garlic and onion powder.

The texture and mix-ins: How do you take your mashed potatoes? I love them with heavy whipping cream and lots of butter. Other great additions would be sour cream or cream cheese. These will thicken the mash more than just heavy whipping cream alone.

delicious keto swedish meatballs with mashed turnips and parsley

Serve With: Anything you would eat mashed potatoes with! We love to enjoy this side dish alongside these Keto Swedish Meatballs.

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red rubber spatula in a bed of creamy mashed turnips with parsley

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Let’s Make It! ​


Start by peeling your turnips, and cutting them into bite sized chunks. Add them to a pot of salted water on the stove or cook in your Instant pot until softened. They will need to boil around 20-30 minutes on the stove until fork tender. In the Instant pot or pressure cooker, it will only need to cook about 5 minutes at full pressure. When the turnips are soft, strain away the excess water.

In a cast iron skillet, melt some of the butter, and add your diced onions to it with a pinch of salt. Cook until soft, about 5 minutes, then add your garlic. Cook about 30 seconds, until fragrant, then remove from the heat.

Once the turnips are soft, add with your caramelized garlic and onions. Add the remaining butter, heavy whipping and salt and pepper. Use a masher to get everything incorporated.

We chose to put the mixture into the blender, to make it nice and velvety smooth. Your choice tho. Some people like it a little chunky. You can add back to your pan to warm, stir in some parsley, and adjust the seasonings.

Serve with whatever you like. We eat them with these delicious keto Swedish meatballs!

If you get a chance to try this recipe, let us know what you think, would ya?! Leave us a comment, or catch up with us on Facebook or Instagram, or pin to your favorite Pinterest board for later.

blue napkin with cast iron with parsley and garlic

Looking for another easy and delicious keto side? This easy low carb creamed spinach is amazing!

Low Carb Creamed Spinach with a wooden spoon

Until Next Time,
Briana & Chamere

Creamy Mashed Turnips with Garlic and Onion
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: creamy, keto, low carb, mashed turnips, Sides, turnips, vegetable sides
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 126 kcal
Author: Briana
Ingredients
  • 1.5 lbs small turnips, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 2 cups water (if cooking turnips on the stovetop or in the Instant pot, see notes)
  • 5 tbsp butter, divided
  • 100 grams yellow onion, or about 1/2 an onion* (could sub onion powder to taste)
  • 3 cloves garlic* (could sub 1.5 tsp garlic powder, or to taste)
  • 1.5 tsp pink Himalayan salt (or to taste)
  • 2/3 tsp ground black pepper (or to taste)
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • parsley for garnish, optional
Instructions
  1. Start by peeling your turnips, and cutting them into bite sized chunks. Add them to a pot of salted water on the stove or cook in your Instant pot until softened. They will need to boil around 20-30 minutes on the stove until fork tender. In the Instant pot or pressure cooker, it will only need to cook about 5 minutes at full pressure. When the turnips are soft, strain away the excess water.

  2. In a cast iron skillet, melt some of the butter, and add your diced onions to it with a pinch of salt. Cook until soft, about 5 minutes, then add your garlic. Cook about 30 seconds, until fragrant, then remove from the heat.

  3. Once the turnips are soft, add with your caramelized garlic and onions. Add the remaining butter, heavy whipping and salt and pepper. Use a masher to get everything incorporated.

  4. We chose to put the mixture into the blender, to make it nice and velvety smooth. Your choice tho. Some people like it a little chunky. You can add back to your pan to warm, stir in some parsley, and adjust the seasonings.

  5. Serve with whatever you like. We eat them with these delicious keto Swedish meatballs!

Recipe Notes

Macros: We estimate our macros via MyFitnessPal, and cannot guarantee accuracy. They are provided as a courtesy.

Makes 8 servings, 126 calories per serving, 10 grams of fat, 2 grams of protein, 8 total carbs, 2 grams fiber, making 6 net carbs.

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