As a little girl growing up on the farm we grew our turnips in the field not in the garden. Fields of turnips where often grown to feed the livestock as well as for the dinner table. I love turnip; it is probably my favourite vegetable. I usually end up cooking it for myself and freeze leftovers that I can enjoy later. My cousin used to make this turnip casserole for Christmas dinner every year. We didn’t have any leftovers.
Turnip isn’t a vegetable that everyone likes. Even if you aren’t that fond of turnip this casserole is a nice change. I never made this casserole for my Billet Sons as I don’t know one of them that liked turnip. If I served turnip no amount of persuading could get any of them to even try it. Some of them didn’t even know what turnip was.
A Billet Mom’s “Turnip Casserole” Ingredients
2-3 medium turnips, cooked and mashed
1 cup applesauce
6 Tablespoons butter
4 teaspoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 eggs (well beaten)
1 3/4 cups soft bread crumbs
A Billet Mom’s “Turnip Casserole” Directions
- Mix turnip, applesauce, butter, sugar, salt, pepper, eggs and half the bread crumbs together.
- Spread in buttered casserole and cover with rest of bread crumbs. Dot with butter.
- Bake at 350º F. for 30-45 minutes, uncovered.
A Billet Mom’s Notes and Tips
- Increase salt and pepper to taste. I like more pepper and increase my amount to 1 teaspoon.
- Add a sprinkle of nutmeg or cinnamon to the mixture for a special flavour.
- You can make this casserole ahead and freeze it. Thaw it out or bake it straight from the freezer, just allow extra time.
- Make this casserole the day before and keep in the refrigerator until you are ready to bake it. Add 10-15 minutes extra to baking time.
- Here is a QUICK WAY TO PREPARE YOUR TURNIP.
Wrap in paper towels and place in a brown paper bag. Put in microwave on end so it will stand up. Cook for 15 minutes and test to see if it is close to done. It is ready to remove from oven when a sharp knife goes easily into the centre of the turnip. When ready remove from oven, careful it will be really HOT. Let cool for about 5 minutes. Remove bag and paper towels. You should be able to remove outside skin easily. Place turnip in a dish and using an electric beater mash.
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