Sriracha Bacon Turnips

Turnips are definitely not a regular side in this house, but these are just delicious.  I bought some small red turnips at the Waco Downtown Farmer’s Market, and did a few revisions to a Rick Bayless recipe.  Red turnips loose all the bite that normal turnips have, after they’re cooked.

Sriracha Bacon Turnips

Sriracha Bacon Turnips

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: Serves 4-6


  • 1 TBSP bacon fat
  • 2 TBSP butter
  • 1 cup spring onion, sliced (use green and white)
  • 1/2 cup diced and cooked pancetta or cooked and crumbled bacon
  • 1 lb small turnips peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 TBSP Sriracha
  • 1-2 TBSP agave syrup
  • 1/2 cup crumbled gorgonzola, feta, or blue cheese
  • 2 TBSP roughly chopped cilantro or parsley


  1. Heat bacon fat and butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook, until caramelized, about 10 minutes, stir occasionally. Stir in pancetta or bacon.
  2. Steam turnips until nearly tender.
  3. Stir sriracha and agave syrup into onions. Then stir in cooked turnips. Continue cooking until turnips are coated, a couple minutes. Stir in gorgonzola and cilantro.
  4. Top with cilantro leaves when serving.