Jan 062014

finished product

this is my first recipe completely from scratch! usually i’ll use inspiration from many other recipes combined, but i was feeling adventurous tonight. i grabbed everything (minus the spices) for less than 20 bucks at fry’s, and made enough to easily serve 4.

one large turnip, french cut
one medium sweet/yellow onion, chopped
three stalks celery, chopped
one red bell pepper, chopped
four sweet italian sausaged, cut into pieces
2 tsp minced garlic (or more, if you prefer)
3 tbsp olive oil
3 tsp coarse kosher salt (table salt is fine, too)
1/8 cup water
1.5 tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp basil
1 tsp rosemary, crushed in hand
0.5 tsp rubbed sage
0.5 tsp marjoram
0.5 tsp white pepper
0.25 tsp coriander, ground

prep time: 20 minutes
cook time: 35 minutes


  1. sweat onion, celery over medium-low heat with 1 tsp salt and 2 tbsp olive oil. do not allow to brown – you’re looking to just soften the vegetables. 5-10m
  2. up heat to medium, or just below medium. add garlic, red bell pepper and saute until peppers are tender. 5-7m
  3. add sausage, turnips, remaining 2 tsp salt, remaining 1 tbsp olive oil, white pepper, basil, rosemary, sage, marjoram, and coriander. saute uncovered for about 7m, stirring frequently.
  4. add water, brown sugar. stir to dissolve sugar and coat. cover and allow to saute for an additional 10m, taking off lid every few minutes to stir.
  5. serve alone, optionally garnished with fresh sweet basil