Right up front, we’ll admit this isn’t our favorite recipe. After all, there is no chocolate in it. However, it is a pretty good way of using up some turnips, and it’s simple, too. Try it and see what you think.
- 1 pound turnips, cleaned and sliced to 1/4-inch thick disks
- 4 ounces of cheeses, grated
- salt and pepper, to taste
- Olive oil, for oiling baking pan
Ideally, use a strong cheese and one that melts well. We choose Colby and a sharp Cheddar. The Colby will melt nicely, and the Cheddar should give a bit of extra flavor.
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Slice turnips. Make the slices about 1/4-inch thick. They need to have a bit of body.
Simmer turnips. Bring the turnip slices to a boil and simmer about 5-7 minutes, until tender, but not falling apart.
Shock turnips. Dump the turnip slices into a colander and rinse with cold water to arrest the cooking. You don’t want the turnips to turn to mush.
Layer. In an oiled baking pan place a layer of turnips, then cover with grated cheese, then another layer of turnips, and another layer of cheese. When finished, you’ll have 2-3 layers, ending with cheese.
Season. Sprinkle salt and pepper on top, then coat with a layer of bread crumbs.
Bake. Slide it in the oven and bake until browned and bubbly, about 30 minutes.
While this is a pretty good way of using turnips, we think there must be another one out there, a better way to use turnips, one that makes us think: “Wow, these turnips are great!” Until then, we’re on the quest for the Ultimate turnip recipe. So, just three stars.