Rape Dolci















Recipe of the Month

Rape Dolci
(Sweet Turnips)

Turnips are among the "foods of poverty" that are staples throughout Friuli—foods with a long shelf life, such as potatoes, beans, and polenta, which once sustained the people through long, cold winters. Perhaps the most well-known turnip dish is brovada, made by fermenting turnips in grape "marc" (the pulpy remains from pressing grapes) for a month. While the sour flavor of brovada is an acquired taste for many people, even the turnip hater will find it easy to like this sweet dish—the sugar and butter offset the natural bitterness of the turnip.

4 tablespoons butter
2 pounds turnips, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
3 tablespoons sugar

Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the turnips and sugar; cook and stir until tender, about 20 minutes. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.

Serves 4.