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Turnip Casserole

Turnip or rutabaga? What the heck is the difference? Turnips are a close cousin of the rutabaga and can often be used interchangeably in recipes, like this one. Typically, we eat rutabagas and call them turnips, but for this recipe, I decided to try an actual turnip.

Turnip casserole in a white pan.

This Turnip Casserole would make an excellent side for your Thanksgiving table. My grandma used to LOVE turnips and it was a staple on our holiday table. She’d make them sweet so I copied her and did the same with this recipe. If you can’t find turnips, just substitute a rutabaga and it will still turn out fine.

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The full printable recipe card with measurements and instructions is found at the bottom of the post.

  • Turnips
  • Sugar
  • Milk
  • Salted butter
  • Egg
  • Salt and pepper
Ingredients to make Turnip casserole.

How to Make Turnip Casserole

  • Step One: Preheat oven to 325°F.
  • Step Two: Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and place in a small greased casserole dish.
  • Step Three: Bake, uncovered, for 35 minutes. Serve hot.
Steps to make turnip casserole.

It’s funny because I couldn’t stand turnips growing up. Maybe it was the smell? I don’t know. Now? I think they are fantastic. So yummy! Give me alllllll the turnips, please.

Turnip casserole in a white pan.

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    The hardest part of this recipe is cooking the turnips and even that isn’t bad at all. They kind of look like mashed potatoes, don’t you think?

    Turnip casserole in a pan with a wooden spoon.

    Whatever you choose to use, you are in for a delicious side dish that everyone will love!

    Turnip casserole on a plate with a fork.

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    4.50 from 2 votes

    Turnip Casserole

    Created by Stacie Vaughan
    Servings 4
    Prep Time 30 minutes
    Cook Time 35 minutes
    Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
    An easy holiday side dish your family will love. Make these turnips delicious with just sugar, butter, and milk.


    • 2 medium turnips cooked, drained and mashed
    • ½ cup sugar
    • ¼ cup milk
    • 1 tbsp salted butter softened
    • 1 egg
    • salt and pepper to taste


    • Preheat oven to 325°F.
    • Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and place in a small greased casserole dish.
    • Bake, uncovered, for 35 minutes. Serve hot.


    Serving: 1g | Calories: 161kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 55mg | Sodium: 132mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 27g

    The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

    Course Side Dishes
    Cuisine American
    Keyword Turnip Casserole

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    1. Judy Cowan says:

      I have actually always loved turnips or rutabaga, one of my favourite fall veggies. In fact we are having rutabaga tonight. My recipe is similar to yours.

    2. I didn’t like turnips as a kid either, but I think it is because my mom would always make two types of mashed potatoes: one with potatoes and one with turnips. So I was just always expecting potatoes and getting turnips 😛

    3. Turnips totally take me back to my childhood. My grandmother made them the best!

    4. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

      Looks like a lot for just 2 turnips. I found this during my research:
      Smaller in size
      Exterior is white and purple and inside is white
      Milder, sweeter flavour
      Nutritionally very similar to rutabagas

      Thought to have evolved from a cross between a turnip and wild cabbage.
      Can be as large as a cantaloupe.
      Exterior is dark yellow and purple and the inside is bright to pale yellow.
      Said to have a slightly stronger flavour – especially if larger.

      I remember my mum making cough medicine for us kids using turnips, sliced in a dish with brown sugar leave to stand. The juice was the best cough medicine I’ve ever tasted and occasionally I still make it.

    5. I love turnip, but I don’t think I could get the husband to try it.

    6. I like mashed turnip with a little butter and brown sugar mixed in.

    7. Elizabeth Vlug says:

      Yep, didn’t like turnip as a kid, but now I love all veggies. Well not if you include mushrooms in that category, but that is the exception. lol. Thanks for another recipe.

    8. Josie Tusa says:

      I have never tried turnips before, but this looks great. i will have to give them a try!

    9. My husband makes them like this – pretty much the only way I’ll eat them lol

    10. I love turnipsbut I have never had a turnip casserol.It sounds interestinga delicious.I like trying foods in adifferent way so thank you for sharing the recipe.

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