1 3/4 pounds small Japanese turnips
(about 12 small turnips with 1
inch of stems attached)
2 tablespoons butter ( 1/4 stick)
2 tablespoons minced shallot (1
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
Peel the turnips and cut into quarters, leaving the stems attached. Place the turnips in a large skillet with 1/2 cup water, the butter, shallot, and salt. Stir well, cover tightly, and place over medium-high heat. Cook until the turnips just begin to become tender but are still slightly crisp, 8 to 10 minutes.
Remove the lid and increase the heat to high. Let the liquid boil off and continue cooking, without stirring, until you see the bits that are stuck to the bottom of the pan begin to brown. Add the walnuts, stir, and continue cooking until the turnips are covered in an irregular brown glaze, 8 to 10 minutes.
Add the sherry vinegar. Stir to mix well and scrape up some of the brown glaze from the bottom of the pan (you won't get it all). Serve immediately.
Yield: Serves 4 to 6.