Rutabaga (Yellow Turnip or Swede) Apple Gratin

"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"
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Ready In:
1hr 5mins


  • 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 1/8 teaspoon thyme
  • Gratin

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


  • When you have peeled the rutabaga cut it in half lengthwise, then into quarters.
  • Thinly slice each quarter crosswise and place in boiling water.
  • Cover and cook apprx 10 minutes or until almost tender.
  • Drain& set aside.
  • In a large bowl whisk the cornstarch and water until smooth.
  • Add Apples, salt, pepper& savory (thyme).
  • Toss to coat the apples.
  • Add Rutabagas& gently toss to mix all the ingredients.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Broil for a couple of minutes to allow the gratin to get golden.
  • Serve hot.

Questions & Replies

  1. Can this recipe be made a day ahead of actually cooking in oven?


  1. 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!
  2. 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!
  3. 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!


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