Turnips, Greens, and Pearl Onion Gratin

  • Makes: 6 servings
  • Serving Size: about 3/4 cup each
  • Yields: 5 cups
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins to 12 mins
  • Bake: 20 mins 375°
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Turnips, Greens, and Pearl Onion Gratin
ounces sturdy greens, such as turnip greens, kale, and/or mustard greens
1 1/2
pounds turnips, peeled and cubed (about 5 cups)*
cup frozen pearl onions
tablespoons butter
tablespoons all-purpose flour
teaspoon salt
teaspoon ground black pepper
teaspoon ground nutmeg
cups whole milk, half-and-half, or light cream
1 1/2
cups soft bread crumbs (about 2 slices)
tablespoons butter, melted
  1. Remove stems and any bruised leaves from the greens. Wash thoroughly in cold water; drain well. Chop the leaves into rough, wide ribbons. (You should have about 6 cups packed greens.)
  2. In a 6-quart Dutch oven cook the greens, covered, in salted boiling water for 4 minutes. Add the turnips; cook for 6 to 8 minutes more or until the greens are tender but still vibrant-colored and turnips are tender. Add the pearl onions; return to a boil just to thaw the onions. Drain greens, turnips, and onions well in a colander; set aside.
  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In the same Dutch oven melt the 3 tablespoons butter. Stir in the flour, salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Add milk all at once. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly. Remove from heat; add shredded cheese, stirring until melted. Gently stir in the cooked greens mixture, making sure greens are evenly dispersed. Transfer to a 2-quart baking dish.
  4. In a small bowl stir together bread crumbs and the 2 tablespoons melted butter. Sprinkle over the turnip mixture. Bake about 20 minutes or until bubbly and crumbs are golden brown.
From the Test Kitchen

If turnips come with greens attached, use them for a portion of the greens in this recipe.

Make-Ahead Directions:

Prepare as directed through Step 3; except do not preheat the oven. Cover with plastic wrap; chill for 2 to 24 hours. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Continue as directed in Step 4.

Nutrition Facts (Turnips, Greens, and Pearl Onion Gratin)
    Per serving:
  • 251 kcal cal.,
  • 16 g fat
  • (10 g sat. fat,
  • 1 g polyunsaturated fat,
  • 4 g monounsatured fat),
  • 43 mg chol.,
  • 488 mg sodium,
  • 21 g carb.,
  • 3 g fiber,
  • 9 g sugar,
  • 8 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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