Tar turnips implement pretty much all the ideals of Finnish cuisine. They're extremely simple and transforming, their main tastes are their main ingerients which happen to present Finnishness to an almost iconic level and they're best enjoyed by the campfire with good company.
This is probably the best tasting dish I've ever come up with. I recall I saw the name on some otherwies boring recipe book when leafing through them in a book store. Besides that I could honestly call it my own but then again, it's not that hard to figure out. Here's what you need:
- 1 kg turnips
- 2 dl tar liqueur
If you wish:
- black pepper
- 50 g margarine
- 0.5 dl syrup (Don't use if the liqueur is already sweet. Unless you want a dessert.)
- 50 g blue-style soy cheese
Peel and chop the turnips to sizeable cubes that fit nicely into your mouth. Throw the cubes into a casserole or portion them out into folio pieces. Add the tar liqueur and possible other condiments. Mix up a bit. If you use a casserole cover it with a folio piece and put it into a 200°C oven for at least an hour. Remember to stir from time to time. If you use folio pieces close them well and arrange next to embers (not into a fire). Check occasionally to see when they're done.
Like most root vegetable based dishes, this just keeps getting better and better when you rewarm it. Or you can eat it cold too.
Nutritional values / 1170 g (Again, not counting the tar liqueur since in Finland the label doesn't need to tell anything besides the alcohol percent.)
energy 906 kcal
fat 48 g
protein 17 g
carbohydrates 99 g
fiber 20 g