Root Veggie Croquettes

Root Veggie Croquettes are a perfect appetizer or party-favor that’s sure to satisfy everyone.

Root Veggie Croquettes

  • 2 large egg yolks
  • Veggies: 1 large potato, 1 medium turnip, 1 large parsnip (all diced)
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 cups breadcrumbs
  • Vegetable oil (for frying; about 2 cups)

  1. Boil all of the veggies until soft and drain.
  2. Mash well & let cool fairly well.
  3. Mix egg yolks, mashed veggies, Parmesan, chives, and flour in a medium bowl.
  4. Roll into balls; chill until cold, at least 2 hours. Beat eggs in a bowl; place breadcrumbs in another bowl.
  5. Pour vegetable oil into a medium skillet to measure ½” & heat over medium-high until a pinch of breadcrumbs bubbles immediately when added.
  6. Dip potato balls in egg, then roll in breadcrumbs. Working in batches, fry, turning often, until golden brown & crisp, 3–4 minutes.
  7. Drain on paper towels.


Mashed Root Trio

This Mashed Root Trio is such an easy and delicious way to serve up all sorts of tasty veggies to your family and friends. We love making this recipe for Thanksgiving!

Mashed Root Trio

  • 6 carrots chopped
  • 3 parsnips, chopped
  • 2 scarlet turnips chopped
  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper, to taste
  • salt & pepper to taste

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and add in the veggies. Return to a boil and then lower to a simmer. Cook until the roots are tender, around 30 minutes.
  2. Drain & return the veggies to the pot with the burner turned to low. Add in the remaining ingredients and mash together until creamy. Serve warm!


Glazed Turnips with Parsley

This Glazed Turnips with Parsley recipe is so simple, yet so delicious.

Glazed Turnips with Parsley

  • 2 turnips, sliced thickly
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons powdered sugar
  • 1-3 tablespoons water or stock
  • ¼ cup chopped parsley or finely
  • chopped celery leaves
  • Salt and pepper to taste

  1. Simmer turnips in salted water for 15-20 minutes until just tender. Drain well.
  2. Heat butter in a large skillet; add the turnip slices and brown them.
  3. Season with paprika, salt and pepper. Sprinkle powdered sugar over turnips.
  4. Add water or stock by tablespoons, to make a thin glaze.
  5. Mix in chopped parsley until turnips are evenly coated.
  6. Serve hot.


Scarlet Turnip Chips

Our Scarlet Turnip Chips recipe makes the perfect snack! Easy to make and tasty to eat, these will disappear fast!

Scarlet Turnip Chips

  • 2 large scarlet turnips
  • 3 tablespoons Driftless Organics Sunflower Oil or olive oil
  • Salt & pepper to taste

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees and line two baking sheets with tin foil. Spray foil with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Thinly slice the turnips and place in a large mixing bowl. Drizzle turnip slices with olive oil, salt and pepper. Toss well to coat evenly.
  3. Spread chips in an even layer on baking sheets. Be careful not to over-crowd. Bake 20-25 minutes, turning half way through baking. Let cool before serving.


Fresh Winter Vegetables & French Onion Goat Cheese Dip

Fresh Winter Vegetables & French Onion Goat Cheese Dip
Recipe type: Appetizer

  • 1 large yellow onion – half of it cut into ½” rings & the other half finely chopped and seperated
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 4 Tbsp. olive or Driftless sunflower oil
  • 2 tsp. white wine vinegar
  • ½ c. mayo
  • ½ c. sour cream
  • ¼ c. goat cheese, crumbled (about 2 oz.)
  • juice & zest from ½ a lemon
  • 1 tsp. ea. Worcestershire & hot sauce
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • raw winter vegetables like carrots, beauty heart radishes, turnips, rutabagas, &/or beets

  1. In a small skillet, heat 1 Tbsp. oil over medium/high heat & add the half onion cut into rings. Saute until starting to brown & turn down the heat to low/medium. Stir occasionally, scraping up any browned bits, until richly browned & starting to caramelized, about 15 minutes. Add garlic & saute another few minutes, then deglaze pan with vinegar & transfer caramelized onions/garlic to a food processor to cool. Meanwhile heat remaining oil in same skillet over medium/high heat & add the chopped half onion. Fry until golden, about 8 minutes, reduce heat to low/medium & cook another 10 minutes or so, until golden deep brown. Drain fried onions over a fine-mesh strainer inside a heat-proof bowl (reserve onion-infused oil for cooking with). Add mayo, sour cream, goat cheese, lemon juice/zest, Worcestershire & hot sauce to cooled caramelized onions in the food processor & puree. Stir in ½ of the fried onions & salt & pepper to taste. Serve topped with remaining fried onions.



Recipe type: Side Dish
Serves: 6 servings

  • ¼ stick butter
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1½ tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • ½ teaspoon ground ancho chiles *
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 2 large parsnips, cut into ½” chunks
  • 2 turnips, cut into 1-inch wedges
  • 1 rutabaga, trimmed, peeled, cut into ¾-inch wedges
  • 1½ tablespoons Driftless Organics Sunflower Oil
  • Course salt
  • ** Look for ground ancho chiles in the spice section of
  • many supermarkets or substitue chipotle, guajillo or
  • chili powder. **

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Stir ½ tablespoon melted butter, honey, lemon juice,
  3. garlic, thyme, ground chiles, cumin, cinnamon, and
  4. pinch of cayenne pepper in small bowl to blend.
  5. Season to taste with salt. Let glaze stand at least 15-30
  6. minutes to allow flavors to blend.
  7. Line large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  8. Spread parsnips, turnips, and rutabagas evenly on
  9. prepared baking sheet. Drizzle remaining 1½ tablespoons
  10. melted butter and oil over; sprinkle with salt
  11. and pepper and toss to coat well.
  12. Roast for 40-50 minutes, until vegetables are tender and slightly browned.
  13. Pour glaze over vegetables; toss to coat evenly. Roast
  14. until glaze is absorbed and vegetables are browned,
  15. tossing occasionally, about 15 minutes longer.

Southeast Asian Slaw

Southeast Asian Slaw

  • 4½ cups grated mixed root vegetables of choice (such as broccoli stems, carrots, turnips, rutabaga, red cabbage, etc.)
  • ¼ c. fresh cilantro &/or mint chopped (optional)
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced
  • 4 Tbsp. rice vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar/honey
  • 1 Tbsp. sriracha-type hot sauce
  • salt & black pepper to taste
  • 2 Tbsp. toasted sesame seeds (garnish)

  1. Whisk together garlic, rice vinegar, soy sauce, sugar, & sriracha.
  2. Toss in grated vegetables & cilantro/mint. Taste, & add salt & black pepper as needed & toss again.
  3. Serve immediately topped w/ sesame seeds.
  4. Serves 4-5 as a side. Add spinach & grilled meat or tofu for a complete meal for 3-4.


Spicy Braised Beet & Turnip Greens

Spicy Braised Beet & Turnip Greens
Recipe type: Side Dish

  • 1 bunch turnip greens, coarsely chopped
  • 1 bunch turnip greens, coarsely chopped
  • 4 scallions, diced up to about 4 inches from top
  • 3 garlic scapes, diced
  • 3 tablespoons Driftless sunflower oil (or olive oil)
  • 1 tablespoon red chile flakes
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste

  1. In a large sauce pan, saute scallions, garlic scapes, a sprinkle of salt, and chile flakes in oil over medium heat.
  2. After a few minutes, add all of the greens, toss to incorporate all ingredients, and cover pan with lid. Once greens are wilted, remove lid.
  3. Cook greens until tender, about 8 minutes. Serve immediately, using tongs to transfer greens onto plates — give them a good squeeze to get rid of excess water before plating. Drizzle with more Driftless sunflower oil (or olive oil).


Roasted Vegetables with Shallots & Apple Cider Reduction

Roasted Vegetables with Shallots & Apple Cider Reduction
Serves: 5-6

  • 1 quart pure apple cider
  • 6 cups mixed root vegetables of choice (parsnips, turnips, sweet potatoes, rutabaga, celeriac, carrots, etc.) cut into uniform sizes/shapes of choice – long strips, wedges, cubes, etc.
  • 3 Tbsp. olive/sunflower oil
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh or 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • ½ c. shallots, diced

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Bring apple cider to a boil in a heavy bottomed pan over medium-high heat. Lower heat to maintain a rapid simmer & cook until reduced to about ¼ the original volume, stirring occasionally (should take 20-30 minutes – be careful not to take it too far & burn it). Keep warm.
  3. Meanwhile, toss prepared vegetables in oil to coat & spread in a single layer onto a rimmed baking sheet.
  4. Roast, turning occasionally, until just starting to brown but still au dente, about 20-30 minutes (if you have convection, use it – but lower cooking times).
  5. Remove from oven & sprinkle with salt & pepper & thyme, stir in shallots, & roast for another 10-15 minutes, until veggies are getting softer & golden browned.
  6. Toss with apple cider reduction & serve.


Root Vegetable Quick Pickles

Root Vegetable Quick Pickles

Note: This recipe makes for some powerful, tangy pickles. If you prefer a milder mix, I’d recommend swapping in half water-half vinegar, and adding a touch of honey.
  • 1 quart jar w/ lid
  • 2 cups white distilled vinegar
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. black peppercorns
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 Tbsp mustard seed
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 lb of root carrots, beauty heart radishes, turnips, etc, thinly sliced (use a mandolin for best results)

  1. Combine first six ingredients in a pot, and bring to a boil.
  2. Once it boils, dump in vegetables. Turn off the heat, so the vegetables stay crisp.
  3. Ladle immediately into your clean canning jar. Cover with lid.
  4. Let them sit in the fridge for at least three days before opening, and up to three weeks.
  5. Once opened, enjoy the pickles soon while they’re still fresh.