Maggie Mahoney's Turnips

Total Time
1hr 20mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 1 hr

I don't know who Maggie was, I think I got this recipe years ago from Gourmet Magazine, it has been a holiday staple on my table. The best turnips I've tasted.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Place turnips in stock pot, cover with water and bring to a boil.
  3. Saute onions in 2 Tablespoons butter till translucent.
  4. In another pan saute bacon till crisp.
  5. Using a ricer, rice turnips into another pot.
  6. Add onions, bacon, rest of butter, cream, maple syrup, garlic, salt and pepper.
  7. Stir to combine.
  8. Put in a casserole dish with four strips of uncooked bacon across the top.
  9. Bake for 1 hour.
Most Helpful

Having heard from Susie how rich these are, and not being a big bacon fan, I cut down on the bacon and the butter and used half & half. What a surprise! These are delicious! Nothing like the bitter turnip mash we ate as kids. Thank you, Wally!

Chef Kate July 21, 2006

This is so rich and I can easily see why it would be a holiday favorite. (I have added it to my holiday cookbook so I remember when the holidays roll around.) Everything works so well together in this recipe and I think these may be the best turnips I have ever eaten. Very different! Thanks for posting this recipe Chef Wally!

Susie D July 18, 2006