Monday, April 11, 2011

Moosewood Mondays : Asian Turnips with Wasabi

Today I found some nice white turnips at the market and decided to give them an oriental twist thanks to 'Moosewood Restaurant Celebrates' recipe.
We like salmon and crusted in sesame seeds and cooked with garlic and ginger seemed a good pairing for the turnips.
Please check what Natashya is Moosewooding today !

Recipe (from Moosewood Restautant Celebrates)

Wasabi paste
2 teaspoons wasabi powder
2 teaspoons warm water

1 pound turnips
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons brown sugar, lightly packed
1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds

In a small bowl combine the wasabi powder and water and set aside.
Slice off and discard the ends of the turnips and peel them with a potato peeler or pairing knife. Cut them in half lenghtwise, and then slice each half into thin half-moons.

Warm the oil in a skillet on medium heat, add the turnips, and sauté for about 4 minutes, until very slightly browned. Add water, cover the pan, and steam for 6 to 8 minutes, until tender. (I skipped this part, my turnips were already soft after sauteeing) Meanwhile whisk together the wasabi paste, soy sauce, and brown sugar in a small bowl.

When the turnips are ready, remove from the heat and toss with the wasabi mixture. Stir in the sesame seeds and, if you like top with sliced scallions and /or slivers of red bell pepper for color.