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       Title: Stuffed Turnips in Cider
  Categories: Fruits/nuts, Seasonings, Side dish, Vegetables
       Yield: 4 servings
  
       4 md Turnips
       1 md Red bell pepper
            Salt and pepper; to taste
       2 tb Fresh tarragon or
     1/2 ts Dried tarragon
     1/2 ts Fresh thyme, packed, or
     1/4 ts Dried thyme (scant ts.)
       8 oz Lean ground lamb
       2 tb Dried currants
       1 sm Onion; peeled and minced
     1/2 ts Ground cinnamon
       1 lg Egg; lightly beaten
       1 sl White bread; crumbled
       1 tb Unsalted butter
       2 c  Extra-dry apple cider
       1    Bay leaf
     1/2 c  Heavy (whipping) cream*
            Rice (opt'l.)
  
   *If you want to serve these turnips over rice, increase the amount of cream
   to 1 cup, so there will be plenty of sauce to moisten the rice.
   
   Preheat the broiler.
   
   Peel the turnips.  Using a melon baller or a stiff vegetable peeler, hollow
   them out, leaving the sides and bottom approximately 3/8 thick. Reserve
   the turnip pulp for another use, such as adding to a soup or salad. Blanch
   the turnip shells in boiling salted water to cover until they have softened
   slightly, 2 to 3 minutes.  Drain; set aside.
   
   Place the red pepper on a piece of aluminum foil under the broiler and
   roast it, turning it as the skin blisters and turns black, which will take
   15 minutes.  Remove the pepper from the broiler, wrap it in the foil, and
   set it aside to steam, 10 to 15 minutes.  When it is cool enough to handle,
   peel it and remove the membranes and the seeds. Cut the pepper into 1/2
   wide strips.
   
   Line each hollowed-out turnip with three strips of red pepper, then season
   with salt and pepper.  DIce any remaining pepper strips.
   
   Mince the tarragon and thyme.  In a medium-size bowl, combine the lamb,
   currants, onion, herbs, cinnamon, salt and pepper. Add the egg, bread and
   diced pepper; mix well.  To check the seasoning, saute a teaspoonful of the
   filling in a small pan over medium-high heat. Adjust seasoning to taste.
   Fill the turnips with the stuffing, mounding it slightly at the top.
   
   Melt butter in a medium-size saucepan over medium-high heat.  When it is
   foaming but not smoking, brown the turnips on all sides.  (This is a bit
   tricky because the turnips tend to roll around, but it is possible and does
   make a big difference to the dish.)
   
   When the turnips have browned, set them upright in the pan; pour the cider
   around them.  Add the bay leaf and bring the cider to a boil. Reduce heat
   to low, cover the pan, and let simmer until the stuffing is cooked through,
   25 to 30 minutes.  Remove the turnips from the pan and arrange them on a
   serving dish.  Cover with aluminum foil and keep warm in a low (200 F.)
   oven.
   
   Reduce cooking liquid by one third over medium-high heat, 5 minutes. Then
   whisk in the cream and continue to cook until the sauce has thickened
   slightly, 2 to 3 minutes.  Season with salt and pepper, and pour around the
   turnips.  Serve immediately.
   
   1987 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon goes well with this.
   
   From _Farm House Cookbook_ by Susan Herrmann Loomis.  New York: Workman
   Publishing Company, Inc., 1991.  Pp. 247-248.  ISBN 0-89480-772-2.
   Electronic format by Cathy Harned.
  
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