Avery Island Turnip

2 pounds of fresh turnips, peeled and coarse chopped
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 cup ham, diced
1 pound ground beef
1 large onion, diced
1 cup fresh celery, chopped
1 cup plain bread crumbs
1 teaspoon black pepper
4 squirts of Tabasco Pepper Sauce
Salt to taste

Preheat oven to 350F. In a 6-quart pot, boil turnips in water on medium heat until tender, (about 30 minutes). Drain, whip until smooth then set aside. In an iron skillet, add oil and vegetables and brown ground meat. Add vegetable, ham, Tabasco Pepper Sauce and other seasonings. Saute vegetables until opaque; add bread crumbs to tighten mix. Mix more seasoning and crumbs if needed. Pour in top with more bread crumbs. Bake in oven at 350F for 30 minutes or until bread crumbs are brown.

Serves 10.

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Cajun Country -- New Iberia, Louisiana