Velouté of Macomber Turnips

Here is Chef Tony Maws’ recipe for Velouté of Macomber (Sweet) Turnips. You can make a simple version of it at home in just a few easy steps.


  • 3 lbs Macomber turnips peeled and diced
  • 1 leek – small dice
  • 1 qt chicken or vegetable stock (or water)
  • ¼ lb butter
  • 1 cup crème fraîche
  • sea salt, pepper


Season and sauté leek in a little bit of butter until soft. Put diced turnips into stock pot; add stock and enough water to cover turnips by two inches with liquid. Season liquid soup base and bring to boil. Return to simmer. When turnips are thoroughly cooked, combine turnips, leek, butter and crème fraîche and turnip liquid. Blend, season, and pass through a strainer. Adjust thickness of soup with whatever liquid remains in stock pot. Based on size of your blender, do in batches if necessary, using the same proportions. Serve hot with fresh snipped chives. (serves 4)

Source: Chef Tony Maws at Craigie on Main