Monday, December 08, 2008

Turnip-Apple Gratin

As I mentioned on Saturday, I have a bounty of CSA vegetables from my boss. We already used up the beets, so today it was time for turnips. I do not have much experience with turnips. OK I don't really have any experience other than this cornbread dressing we made for Thanksgiving 2007. And we didn't even like that because the parsnips were so pungent. So today was our first REAL time using turnips. I figured the best way to try them was simply, and mixed with potatoes. That makes everything better. This is the most simple little recipe and it's very good. The swiss cheese is very nice. The apples mash together with everything and add a little taste of fall. It's really good and would work great as a side dish, particularly for you chicken-eaters. We enjoyed ours with some broccoli and salad. Probably not a make-again, but it was a fun way to learn about turnips.

Notice the steam coming off of it. Yum.

Turnip-Apple Gratin
CLBB (Clover)

1 lb turnips (2 or 3 medium)
1 lb potatoes (3 or 4 medium)
1 large apple
1/2 cup milk
2 tablespoons butter
salt and pepper
1 cup (4 oz) grated Swiss cheese

Peel and slice turnips and potatoes. Peel, core, and slice the apple. Combine them in a large saucepan, cover with water, and boil until all are tender, 15-20 minutes. Drain and mash (or process) with the milk and butter. Add pepper and salt to taste.

Transfer to a 6-cup souffle dish or casserole. Sprinkle the top with the cheese. Heat in 400 degree oven until cheese melts and browns slightly. Serve hot. Makes 6 servings.

(The first part, with the cooking and mashing with milk and butter, can be done earlier in the day and reheated at dinner.)

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