Scalloped Turnips

"Mrs. Carl Albert submitted this in a 1971 cookbook called Favorite Recipes of our First Ladies. Her husband was speaker of the house and she said this is one of his favorite recipes because "he is a country boy and loves fresh vegetables and greens" - haven't made it yet. This recipe calls for grated cheese but doesn't specify which one so if you make it, let us know what cheese you used and how it was.* I think I would peel the turnips and for the white sauce- it doesn't say how to make it- ie. if you should make it over heat or if you should melt the butter- if you had success with a method, please tell us what you did! Thanks!"
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  • Slice the turnips and boil them in salted water about 15 minutes.
  • Make a white sauce with the butter, flour, milk, salt and pepper.
  • Place the turnips in a baking dish, pour the sauce over and sprinkle with the grated cheese on top.
  • Bake at 450 degrees F. about 10 minutes and serve very hot.

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  1. I have never had a turnip before in my life, so I was looking for something that would be an easy introduction. This was delicious and easy to make. I used 4 smaller turnips rather than 3 and I could have used more had I had them in the house. For anyone wondering, you make a white sauce by heating the butter over medium/med high heat, then whisk in the flour and whisk constantly for a minute or two to cook the flour a bit, then pour in your milk (slowly, so it doesn't splash) whisking quickly to break up any lumps. You then cook, stirring frequently, over medium heat until the mixture bubbles and thickens to the consistency you like, then add seasoning to taste. I added a bit of colby/jack to the sauce, then put the rest on top. I really loved this, as did my 18 mo, but the 5 yo and my husband did not care for it. I will make it again, just giving them a backup dish. I thought turnips would have a "rootier" flavor, but these were really mild. I did peel them before slicing. Thanks for sharing the great recipe, and sorry for the super long review!
  2. This was incredible! We never had turnips before, and I was concerned my husband would turn his nose at the notion of them. Not knowing turnips, I didn't peel them, just scrubbed them well. Then I put some leftover American cheese slices after half of the turnips, then finished with the turnips, white sauce and about 3/4 cup cheddar cheese. We loved it!! During dinner there were at 7 or 8 comments about how great the dish was! Thank you!!
  3. This tastes delicious....a whole new way to eat turnips for me! My turnips must have been really small...I had 2 and used 2/3 the sauce and cheese, and it was too much sauce for the turnips. I made traditional white sauce, melting the butter, adding the flour and stirring for 1 minute, adding in the salt and pepper, then adding the milk until thickened. Poured this over the sliced turnips and sprinkled the cheese on. Next time I think I will add some cheese to the white sauce as well before pouring over the turnips. Thanks for sharing!
  4. Delicious. I used whole wheat flour and 2 cups of milk; 4 turnips were boiled only 5 minutes. I plan to try rutabagas next time. The whole wheat flour imparted a suttle "nutty" flavor to the sauce. Also, I mixed Parmesan cheese to the sauce and broiled a couple of minutes at the end of the baking time. Will certainly make it again. Thanks for a delicious recipe that can be served as every-day dinner and also at a dinner party. (PS: added a dash of red pepper to sauce.)
  5. i thought this recipe was goig to help me like turnips. the whole time i was eating them i was thinking this would be great with potatoes. other than that the recipe was ok. if i was a newer cook i wouldn't know how to make a white sauce.


  1. Excellent recipe. DH and DS had 3 helpings each. I used cheddar cheese and mixed 1/2 the cheese with the sauce and sprinkled the remainder on top. Instead of flour, I used starch - as though I were making macaroni and cheese. I didn't know how to make a white sauce. Very easy and quick. Peeled the turnips and used a mandolin to slice them. We will definitely have this again.


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