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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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  • 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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    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. Julie Wood says:

      This seems like a lot of sugar. I have cut out sugar in my diet, but this dish does look delicious and I have never tried turnips before. I would love to try this recipe with less sugar.

    2. Tiffanie Davenport says:

      I hate turnip but this actually looks good

    3. I would make this recipe with rutabaga as I find I prefer the taste of them to turnips.

    4. We grow turnips in our garden and just love them. I have never used milk with my turnips, but this looks really good, I will sure be trying it. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday,we are so happy to have you join us. Have a wonderful week and come back to see us real soon!
      Miz Helen

    5. I love casseroles, especially in the fall & winter months! Thanks so much for sharing at #merry monday we hope you will link up with us again!

    6. Calvin F. says:

      Interesting recipe for turnip! Thanks

    7. My mom never made turnips and I’ve only recently been introduced to them through my organic CSA farm.. They do look like mashed potatoes. I’m curious about the sugar in the recipe.

    8. Debbie WhiteBeattie says:

      I’m not really a big fan of turnips but your recipe would probably change my mind

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