Turnips, swedes and potatoes combine well with gammon steaks in this easy, cheap and warming winter meal.
Skill level: Easy peasy
Costs:Cheap as chips
- 250g (8oz) turnips
- 250g (8oz) swede
- 250g (8oz) potatoes
- 2 small onions, peeled and cut into wedges
- 3tbsp olive oil
- 1tbsp grated fresh root ginger
- 6 sage leaves
- 2 smoked gammon steaks, about 400g (14oz) total weight, trimmed of fat
- 100g (3½oz) frozen peas
- Set the oven to gas mark 6 or 200°C. Peel the vegetables and cut the turnips in half or in quarters, depending on size and the swede and potato into dice and the onion into thinnish wedges.
- Put all the vegetables in a large, shallow roasting tin, drizzle with oil and coat evenly. Add the ginger and sage leaves.
- Cook for 40 mins, stirring a couple of times. Add small chunks of gammon and cook for another 30 mins.
- Stir in the peas and cook for another 5-10 mins. (Not suitable for freezing).
Turnips: This earthy veg has been around since the Middle Ages, and up to now it’s always had a bit of a reputation as ‘peasant’ food. Considered unglamorous and old-fashioned, turnips fell out of favour in the 1950s, but now, in these credit-crunch times, Lincolnshire farmers say they can’t grow enough of them, and even chefs are reinventing recipes using them. A useful source of vitamin C and fibre, and low in calories, too, the humble turnip is making a comeback.
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Nutritional information per portion
This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.
Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.