Rutabaga (Yellow Turnip or Swede) Apple Gratin

Total Time
1hr 5mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 50 mins

Just look at the calories in this dish and it is very reasonable to make! I love this Winter dish, the apples give a balance to the rutabagas strong flavor, If you wish use turnips instead they are very similar. If you are not watching calories double the gratin

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 rutabaga, peeled, sliced (apprx 6 cups or use a turnip)
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 12 cup water
  • 2 medium apples, peeled, grated
  • 12 teaspoon salt
  • 18 teaspoon pepper, fresh ground
  • 18 teaspoon dried savory or 18 teaspoon thyme
  • Gratin

  • 12 cup coarse fresh breadcrumb
  • 34 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted


  1. When you have peeled the rutabaga cut it in half lengthwise, then into quarters.
  2. Thinly slice each quarter crosswise and place in boiling water.
  3. Cover and cook apprx 10 minutes or until almost tender.
  4. Drain& set aside.
  5. In a large bowl whisk the cornstarch and water until smooth.
  6. Add Apples, salt, pepper& savory (thyme).
  7. Toss to coat the apples.
  8. Add Rutabagas& gently toss to mix all the ingredients.
  9. Pour into an 8" oven proof dish, cover and bake at 350F (180C) for 20 minutes Meanwhile in a bowl toss the bread crumbs, parsley& butter.
  10. Sprinkle the crumbs over the rutabagas (after their first 20 minute bake), return to the oven uncovered for a further 20 minutes or until the rutabagas are tender.
  11. Broil for a couple of minutes to allow the gratin to get golden.
  12. Serve hot.
Most Helpful

Another hit from Bergy! We are loving our root vegetables with your recipes. I used savory here, and 2 slices of low calorie wheat bread for the bread crumbles. I would like more sweetness next time, so will probably add some Splenda, or use sweeter apples. The cooking times were right on for me. Thanks!

yogiclarebear April 02, 2007

A really nice autumn dish to make with our wonderful fresh apples and turnips! I have been making this for a few years, I found the recipe in Canadian Living several years ago. Thanks for posting Bergy, now I can get throw away my clipping!

Elly in Canada September 23, 2006

A very good recipe. The two flavors complimented each other. I added 2 Tablespoons of brown sugar (SugarTwin, as I'm Diabetic) to the gratin, but I'm sure the recipe would be great without it. Thanks!

ElliesDad July 29, 2005