Scalloped Turnips

Baked scalloped turnips! Sliced turnips and onions baked in milk and cream with salt and pepper.

Scalloped Turnips
Elise Bauer

Okay, so not everyone loves turnips as much as we do. But even if you aren't the biggest fan of that radishy root, this recipe might just turn you around!

Not surprisingly, cream, butter and onions bring out the savory best in turnips. Recipe is adapted from one of my favorite veggie cookbooks - The Victory Garden Cookbook.

This is a very simple casserole with layers of thinly sliced turnips and sautéed onions, dotted with butter, and doused in milk and cream.

It works best with tender young turnips, as they are less bitter than larger, older turnips. But in either case the milk and cream will help offset any bitterness from the turnips.

You bake them until they are tender, bubbly and browned.

Scalloped Turnips

Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 75 mins
Total Time 95 mins
Servings 6 servings


  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced onions
  • 4 cups peeled, thinly sliced turnips
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup cream


  1. Preheat oven, prepare casserole dish:

    Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter a 1-quart casserole dish.

  2. Sauté onions:

    Melt 1 Tbsp butter and lightly sauté onions until just wilted.

  3. Layer turnips, onions in casserole:

    Layer a third of the sliced turnips in the casserole dish; top with a third of the onions; sprinkle with 2 teaspoons of flour, 1/3 teaspoon of salt, and one grind of pepper; pat with dollops from 1 tablespoon of butter.

    Repeat this layering twice.

  4. Mix milk and cream together and pour over the turnips
  5. Bake:

    Cover and bake in a 350°F oven for 30 minutes, then remove cover and bake for another 30-45 minutes, or until tender and bubbly.