Turnip Pear Compote


This delicious side dish pairs really well with savory dishes like chicken or pork, but could also be used as a healthy dessert on its own or drizzled over pound/angel food cake or ice cream. It is also super simple to make and just requires about an hour in the oven


  • 2-3 medium turnips, peeled and diced
  • 2 pears, peeled and diced(I used Anjou but any type of pear that is in season/ripe will be good)
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 vanilla bean NOTE: If you don’t have vanilla bean you can also substitute 1 tsp vanilla extract(because vanilla bean is super expensive)
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp of lemon juice


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F. Grease a 9×13 baking pan (or any other baking pan you have that will fit your diced pears and turnips.)
  2. Dice your turnips and place in the baking pan. Dice your pears and place them in a separate bowl.
  3. If you are using a vanilla bean, cut the bean in half and scrape out the seeds into the bowl with your pears. Then add the rest of the vanilla bean to the turnips. NOTE: If you are using the vanilla extract add the entire tsp to the pear.
  4. Drizzle the turnip with honey and toss to coat then cover it with aluminum foil and place it into the preheated oven for 30 minutes.
  5. Add the brown sugar and lemon juice to the pear mix and stir, letting it sit for 30 minutes while the turnips are cooking.
  6. After 30 minutes, add the pear mixture to the turnips in the baking pan, recover the pan with aluminum foil and place in the oven for another 30 mins.
  7. Remove the mixture from the oven and serve warm. This can be kept in the fridge for about 2 weeks and in the freezer for 6-12 months.


Servings: 5, Serving Size: 1/2 cup


estimated by http://www.caloriecount.com/

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