Pan-roasted turnips with leafy greens

"Turnips have a dowdy reputation but once cooked, they provide a sweet, uncomplicated pleasure that is much underrated. The greens add a bright, wholesome note to this dish." Ravinder Bhogal

  • Preparation time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking time: 25 minutes
  • Total time: 40 minutes 40 minutes

Serves: 4


2 tbsp olive oil
500g turnips, peeled and cut into quarters
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 x ½ tsp chilli flakes
1 x ½ tsp caster sugar
200g kale
300g spring greens, tough stalks removed and roughly chopped
50ml chicken stock
1 x ½ lemon, juice
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil


1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over a medium heat and add the turnips, tossing so they are well coated in the oil. Season and cover with a lid; cook for 15 minutes until they are just tender. Remove the lid, turn up the heat a little and cook for 5 minutes until golden and crisp; set aside.

2. Add the garlic, chilli and sugar to the pan and fry for 2 minutes, then stir in the greens. Add the chicken stock, turn down the heat, cover and steam for 5 minutes to wilt the greens. Return the turnips to the pan, squeeze over the lemon juice and drizzle with the extra virgin olive oil.