For food lovers, wintertime can sometimes seem like an endless parade of gourds, tubers and root vegetables. But that doesn’t mean you can’t whip up some amazing dishes with seasonal ingredients such as turnips, which look like purple-skinned potatoes but are actually more closely related to carrots and radishes.

Try turnips thinly sliced and layered with ooey-gooey Gruyere cheese like in this au gratin turnips recipe.

A skillet of au gratin turnips.

Skillet au Gratin Turnips Recipe

You’ll never turnip your nose at winter veggies again once you make this au gratin turnips recipe!


Yield: 8 servings
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  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • In large oven-proof skillet, melt 2–3 tablespoons butter over medium-low heat then arrange a single layer of turnips on top of butter. Sprinkle a little garlic and 1 tablespoon of butter on top then drizzle with cream and healthy splash of chicken broth over turnips. Finish with layer of Gruyere (about ½ cup) and pinch of salt.
  • Repeat layers twice more; top with black pepper and fresh herbs like sage, if desired.
  • Place in oven and bake 20 minutes or until top is brown and bubbly.


Feel free to lighten up on the butter and heavy cream–with all that melted cheese you won't even miss it.
Calories: 187kcal, Carbohydrates: 4g, Protein: 9g, Fat: 15g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 47mg, Sodium: 177mg, Potassium: 145mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 2g
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 Gratin turnips recipe