Fun things to do with Root Vegetables: Turnip Gratin

A while back my friend Sarah had all these somewhat mushy turnips. I wanted to use them, I always want to make vegetable passed their prime feel good about themselves. It’s really not fair how society treats them. Smothering them in cheese sauce seemed like the best idea.

People tend to feel overwhelmed at the idea of making their own sauces. Have no fear. In fact, feel empowered. You will have so much control, and I promise it does not take too much time.

I pretty much always have roasted garlic on hand. You can roast whole heads at a time and keep them in your fridge. I chopped two cloves of roasted garlic, and a small yellow onion. In a sauce pan I melted 3 tablespoons of butter over medium heat and briefly sauteed the onion and garlic. Then I added 3 tablespoon of flour. You want to stir this so the butter and flour become a paste. Then add about 2 cups of milk and stir until the butter and flour are mostly dissolved. If it has some lumps in it, don’t freak out, it’s fine. Heat until the milk is hot but not boiling. Add a cup of grated cheese, I suggest colby, and 2-3 tablespoons of soft goat cheese. If you don’t like goat cheese then you are crazy, but it’s cool. Just add some more grated cheese. Also add salt and pepper and turn the heat to low. Slice about 7 medium sized turnips, or 3 0r 4 big ones, into half inch thick rounds. Arrange them in a baking pan. Pour the cheese sauce over the turnips and back at 350 for 30 minutes until the turnips are tender.

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3 Responses to “Fun things to do with Root Vegetables: Turnip Gratin”

  1. Sounds yummy. We need to have a get together at our house and you. Layla and I need to each cook something for dinner. Then enjoy a nice cup of jo after.

  2. seany bear Says:

    I really enjoy the comments you make: “don’t freak out, it’s fine.” and “if you don’t like goat cheese, you’re crazy, but it’s cool.”

    p.s. sounds scrumptious!

  3. Zortron 3030 Says:

    Oh my gosh, I so cannot believe you said that!
    And I so cannot believe you didn’t share this with me on one of my non-vegan non-gluten-free days! 🙂 Maybe we can do this with some Daiya cheese!

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