Turnip Au Gratin
This week’s recipe idea.
Turnip Au Gratin:
Makes 6-8 side portions
If you love rich and creamy dishes that just screams, comfort food, this recipe is for you. It pairs lovely with any kind of meat, literally anything from beef to fish and goes well with vegetables like asparagus, broccoli and cauliflower.
6 Turnips, cleaned and peeled
2 tbsp Butter, plus more for pan
2 Cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 Cups cream
1/4 Cup milk
1 tbsp Freshly chopped thyme
Pinch of nutmeg
1 1/2 Cups strong cheese, like Cheddar or Gruyere
1/2 Cup freshly grated Parmesan (optional)
Switch your oven to 180 degrees. Whilst the oven is heating up, slice the turnips thinly and keep them in a bowl of slightly salted water to one side.(You can use a mandoline for the slicing, if you have one on hand, but it’s not essential). Coat the inside of a large ovenproof dish with butter. In a large pan, fry the minced garlic until just changing colour. Now you want to add all the other ingredients, except for the cheese. When the sauce is just boiling, lower the heat and simmer for about 8 minutes. Now you can start packing those yummy layers. Layer a third of the turnips, so they are slightly overlapping and cover them in a third of the sauce. Repeat this for two more layers. Sprinkle your Cheddar cheese on top, cover the dish with foil and bake for 45 minutes. If you do decide to add some Parmesan, sprinkle it on top after 45 minutes and put the dish back in the oven, uncovered for another 15 minutes. Once it is done, let it sit for 10-15 minutes before serving.
A few notes:
If you prefer to make a more traditional Au Gratin, you can swap out the turnips for potatoes, but I do recommend giving the turnip version a try, it is truly delicious. You can also play around with the type of cheese you use. Feta, goat’s cheese and Pecorino are all great in this recipe. Play around a bit and find your family’s favourite combination.
Why I love turnips:
I have mentioned the benefits of turnips in a previous recipe, but if you aren’t familiar with the various benefits of turnips, here they are again…
Turnips are high in Vitamin C, which will improve your immune system. They are also very high in fibre and antioxidants, which will promote gut and heart health and like all other cruciferous veggies, turnips can also lower your risk of developing cancer.
For more information on the benefits listed above, please follow this link
Ingredients available on the YFresh online store:
Turnips (or potatoes if you prefer)
Cheddar (or feta if you prefer)
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