Turnip Gratin

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 2 hr 7 min
  • Prep: 35 min
  • Inactive: 12 min
  • Cook: 1 hr 20 min
  • Yield: 6 servings
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2 cups heavy cream

3 cloves garlic, smashed

1 bundle thyme

Pinch of cayenne

Kosher salt

1/2 stick butter, plus extra for baking dish

2 pounds turnips, peeled and sliced very thin (mandoline works best)

1 1/2 cups grated parmigiano


  1. Special Equipment: mandolin, 11 by 7-inch baking dish
  2. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  3. Put the cream, garlic, thyme and cayenne in a saucepan and season it with salt. Taste to make sure it is adequately seasoned. Bring the cream to a boil and then turn off the heat. Let the mixture steep for 15 to 20 minutes.
  4. Butter the baking dish and layer in 1/3 of the sliced turnips. Sprinkle 1/3 of the grated cheese over the turnips and dot with 1/3 of the butter. Remove the thyme and garlic from the cream and pour 1/3 of the cream over the turnips. Repeat this process 2 more times until all of the ingredients are used up.
  5. Cover the dish with foil, place on a baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for another 20 minutes, until golden. When done a fork should slide in and out of the center of the dish easily.
  6. For easier serving, let the dish rest 10 to 12 minutes before serving.
  7. Who knew a turnip could be soooooooooooooo good!
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