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Turnip Hash

Although we Newfoundlanders and Labradoreans call it “Turnip Hash”, it is actually made with Rutabaga.  This is one of Newfoundland’s Lost Recipes that is seldom eaten today as a main dish. In the olden-days when the winters were rough and the cupboards scarce of any type of meats, our root cellars were all we had to go to for food.

The turnip hash recipe is relatively simple; turnip (rutabaga), onion, potato and salt pork. The vegetables are boiled until tender, then mash and added to fried pork fat and onions and served hot with rashers (fried pork) Today, there are many variation of this, see below for the original recipe.

Newfoundland Recipes-Turnip Hash 1-www.saltjunk.comMakes 4 servings


  • 1 med turnip, cut in cubes
  • 6 med potatoes, peeled
  • 2 tbsp pork fat (or veg oil)
  • 1 med onion, finely chopped
  • Salt & pepper


Boil turnip and potatoes until tender. Drain and mash. In a skillet over med heat, fry onions in pork fat until golden brown. Add mash turnip and potato. Season to taste.  Serve as a side dish or as a meal.

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