Turnip Bake

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min.


8 servings

Updated: Jun. 30, 2023
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.


  • 3 medium turnips, peeled and cubed
  • 4 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 2 large 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


  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 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.

Nutrition Facts

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