Turnip Bake Recipe
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Turnip Bake Recipe

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This recipe has been in our family for years. We like turnips with turkey, so my mother used to serve this side dish with our turkey dinner at Christmas. Then I served this dish, and now my daughter, who has taken over preparing Christmas dinner, is carrying on the tradition.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 3 medium turnips, peeled and cubed
  • 4 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Dash ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs

Nutritional Facts

1/2 cup: 125 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 68mg cholesterol, 510mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 375°. Place turnips in a small saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 10-12 minutes or until tender. Drain.
  2. In a small bowl, combine turnips, 2 tablespoons butter and eggs. Combine flour, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, pepper and nutmeg; add to turnip mixture and mix well. Transfer to a greased 8-in.-square baking dish.
  3. Melt remaining butter; toss with bread crumbs. Sprinkle over top. Bake, uncovered, 25-30 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Serve immediately. Yield: 8 servings.
Editor's Note: Carrots, parsnips or rutabagas may be substituted for the turnips.
Originally published as Turnip Puff in Country December/January 2006, p51

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hkpepin User ID: 3030797 243875
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2016

"My husband and I both really liked this. I was out of bread crumbs so I substituted panko and really liked that change. Not sure about the nutmeg or brown sugar - I prefer my turnips a little more on the savory than sweet side. We would definitely have this again."

Francisca3032 User ID: 6052254 132531
Reviewed Apr. 30, 2013

"This is good, it is the best recipe for turnips I have made so far. Nontheless, this is only the third time I have made turnips. The first time it was not so good made with cabbage. This time everyone liked it and they had seconds."

OurHennHouse User ID: 3053896 153477
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2011

"perfect recipe! Thank you for sharing.

We like a bit sweeter, so added 2T of splenda"

jmkasprak User ID: 2880256 132530
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2011

"I have never made turnips before, so I thought this recipe was a great place to start. I was skeptical at first when I saw brown sugar and nutmeg on the ingredients list, but we all enjoyed it!"

eabarr User ID: 1049365 63596
Reviewed Apr. 13, 2011

"I have made this recipe many times, a great way to cook turnip. People love it when they try it. I have served it to guests many times."

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