Turnips, swedes and potatoes combine well with gammon steaks in this easy, cheap and warming winter meal.
Serves: 4
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


    1. 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.
    1. Put all the vegetables in a large, shallow roasting tin, drizzle with oil and coat evenly. Add the ginger and sage leaves.
    1. Cook for 40 mins, stirring a couple of times. Add small chunks of gammon and cook for another 30 mins.
    1. 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



fat 17.0g saturates 4.0g calories 350(kcal)


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.