Creamed Turnips

Mashed, creamed turnips recipe with turnips, milk, butter, cream, cloves, and nutmeg.

Creamed Turnips
Elise Bauer

People either love turnips or they hate them. And if they love them, it was probably an acquired taste.

I can still remember making a face when thinking I was biting into a yummy potato in one of my mother's stews I had speared a turnip instead.

Yet this dish is another proof point that almost all things taste better with butter and cream!

Creamed Turnips

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Servings 6 to 8 servings

We have used older, larger turnips for this recipe. Older turnips are stronger in flavor, more bitter, and drier than young turnips. If you use younger, smaller turnips, they may be sweeter and a bit more watery, so you might want to use less cream. If the turnips are too bitter for your taste, try adding a little sugar at the end to balance the bitter.

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds turnips

  • 6 black peppercorns

  • 6 whole cloves

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt, plus 1 teaspoon

  • 1/2 cup heavy cream

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 1 teaspoon white pepper

  • Freshly grated nutmeg, to taste

Method

  1. Boil the turnips, then drain:

    Peel and cut the turnips into large chunks. In a large saucepan of boiling water, add the tablespoon of salt, the peppercorns, cloves and bay leaves.

    You may want to tie the spices into a sachet or cheesecloth bag — this makes it easier to remove them later.

    Boil turnips until tender, 15 to 20 minutes, then drain and remove the spices.

  2. Add cream, simmer, then mash:

    Return the turnips to the pot they boiled in and add the cream. Turn the burner to medium-low. Bring this to a gentle simmer and mash the turnips with a potato masher.

  3. Add seasonings:

    Add the white pepper, the teaspoon of salt and freshly grated nutmeg to taste and serve at once.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
121 Calories
9g Fat
11g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 to 8
Amount per serving
Calories 121
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 11%
Saturated Fat 5g 27%
Cholesterol 24mg 8%
Sodium 504mg 22%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 20mg 100%
Calcium 78mg 6%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 345mg 7%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.