Ginger and root vegetables? Trust us on this recipe, it will inspire a new appreciation of what winter can deliver. The yellow turnips called for here are not essential, but try them if you can. So sweet and mild, they side-step the earthiness of white varieties and tame down that other good-tasting but earthy root that’s usually left at the store—the rutabaga.
Cook to Cook: The method for using ginger in this recipe is worth remembering. Not only does sautéing aromatics open up their flavor and tame their rough raw edges, the infused butter or oil helps transport their fragrances throughout the dish.
2. Meanwhile, in a small skillet, melt the butter over medium heat and add the ginger, gently warming it (don’t sauté or brown), until it’s fragrant. Cover the skillet and set aside.
3. When the vegetables are tender, drain them well in a colander. Puree in a food processor with the ginger butter. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve hot.
Copyright 2011 by Lynne Rossetto Kasper. From A Spice Scented Thanksgiving Menu.
Darra Goldstein is editor in chief of The Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets, an 888-page reference guide to all things sweet. "The book is really a compendium of human desires, a cultural history of desire for things that are sweet and what it has caused in the world, in both the realm of pleasure and also of pain," she says.