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You can cook and mash the sweet potatoes and turnips in this side dish recipe a day ahead and reheat them in the microwave just before serving.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens


Recipe Summary

55 mins
10 to 12 side-dish servings


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Instructions Checklist
  • In a 6- to 8-quart Dutch oven combine sweet potatoes, turnips, and enough water to cover. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 12 to 15 minutes or until tender. Drain well in a very large colander. Return vegetables to the Dutch oven and add the 3 tablespoons butter and 1 teaspoon salt. Mash vegetables with a potato masher until nearly smooth.

  • For the relish, in a medium skillet melt the 2 tablespoons butter. Add apples, dates, and brown sugar. Cook and stir until sugar is dissolved and apples are just tender. Stir in lemon juice.

  • To serve, mound hot vegetables in a serving bowl and garnish center with the relish. Makes 10 to 12 side-dish servings.


Prepare vegetables as directed. Place in a 2- to 2-1/2-quart microwave-safe dish; cool slightly, then cover, and refrigerate. To reheat, microwave, covered, on 70 percent power (medium-high) for 20 to 25 minutes or until heated through, stirring twice. Make relish before serving.

Nutrition Facts

238 calories; fat 6g; cholesterol 16mg; saturated fat 4g; carbohydrates 46g; insoluble fiber 9g; protein 3g; vitamin a 2431.4RE; vitamin c 39.6mg; sodium 304mg; calcium 50.5mg; iron 1.1mg.