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.
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.
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.
Melt remaining butter; toss with bread crumbs. Sprinkle over top. Bake, uncovered, 25-30 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Serve immediately.
Editor's Note: Carrots, parsnips or rutabagas may be substituted for the turnips.
Cheese-Topped Turnip Puff: Toss 1/2 cup shredded cheese with buttered crumbs. Sprinkle over top. Bake as directed. Winter-Spiced Turnip Puff: Along with the eggs, add 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract. Add 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon to the flour mixture. Proceed as recipe directs. Carrot Turnip Puff: Use 2 medium turnips and 1 large carrot, cut into slices. Proceed as recipe directs. Parsnip Turnip Puff: Use 2 medium turnips and 2 medium parsnips, cut into slices. Proceed as recipe directs.