Turnip Gratin

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 20 min
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings
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2 pounds turnips

3 cups heavy cream 

2 thyme sprigs 

1 head garlic, cut in half along the equator 

1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg 

Salt and pepper to taste 

1 1/2 cups shredded white Cheddar cheese 

Parsley leaves, for garnish 


Special equipment:
a mandoline
  1. Thinly slice the turnips using a mandoline. Set aside.
  2. For the custard: In a medium saucepan over medium low heat, combine cream, thyme, garlic, nutmeg, and salt and pepper. Bring to just below a simmer and cook until thickened slightly, 6 to 8 minutes.
  3. To assemble: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  4. In a 2-quart baking dish, add a thin layer of custard to cover the bottom. Then add a layer of turnips followed by a layer of cheese. Repeat the process of layering until all of the ingredients are used up, making 3 to 4 layers. Cover with foil and bake 45 minutes. Uncover and continue to bake until turnips are fork-tender with a golden crispy crust forms, about 15 minutes longer. Garnish with parsley and serve.