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Mashed Turnip Casserole

Casserole recipes can be the perfect side dish to accompany chicken, beef, pork or fish. This mashed turnip casserole uses simple fresh ingredients.

Creamy mashed turnips are baked in the oven and topped with crunchy cracker crumbs and fresh tomato slices.

mashed turnip casserole with crunchy cracker topping and fresh tomato slices.

Side Dish Casserole Recipe

  • Mashed turnips are smooth and creamy with a custard-like texture. It’s topped with crunchy buttery cracker crumbs and fresh tomato slices.
  • This side dish is inexpensive and uses simple ingredients from the grocery store. Serve it with roasted turkey, roast beef, glazed ham, or your favorite chicken recipe.
  • Turnips are an easy root vegetable to use but can be replaced with rutabaga, sweet potatoes, regular potatoes, or carrots.
  • This recipe uses crushed crackers for the perfect crunch. Feel free to use your favorite style of cracker.
  • Fresh tomatoes are a lovely addition but aren’t required. This recipe will taste great with or without them.
Recipe ingredients on a counter including a bowl of turnips, crackers, tomatoes, eggs, butter, flour and baking powder.

Recipe Ingredients

VEGETABLES: Turnips are peeled, and mashed for this recipe. This recipe would work with other root vegetables. If using a different root vegetable, you might want to add less sweetener. For example, sweet potatoes or carrots tend to be sweet enough on their own. Freshly sliced tomatoes top the recipe after it’s baked.

CRACKERS: These add the perfect crunch to the creamy custard-like turnip base. I used town house pretzel flipside crackers. Regular soda crackers, ritz crackers or tortilla chips will also work.

Four images together. A cutting board with sliced turnips. A bowl with mashed turnips and hand mixer. Mashed turnips inside a glass casserole dish. Baked turnip casserole with cracker crumbs in glass baking dish.

How To Make Mashed Turnip Casserole

  1. Wash, peel and slice the turnips. Boil until tender when poked with a fork: drain, and mash.
  2. Mix eggs and other ingredients in a bowl according to full recipe instructions below.
  3. Add to mashed turnips and stir together. Pour into casserole dish and top with crushed crackers.
  4. Bake until edges golden. Top with fresh tomato slices.
  5. Serve and enjoy!

Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge up to 4-5 days. Remove tomatoes while reheating in the microwave.

This recipe does not freeze well. The crackers will just get mushy.

Close up of a spoon in turnip casserole with crushed crackers and tomato slices.

Recipe Tips

  • Use a vegetable peeler or knife to slice off outer skin of turnips.
  • Turnips absorb excess water. Drain any excess liquid after mashing them.
  • Use a hand masher to break apart turnip before mashing with a hand mixer.
  • Swap the flour with gluten-free flour or arrowroot flour for an easy gluten-free version.
  • Crush a few crackers into a measuring cup until you reach 1 cup worth.
  • Slice tomatoes thin and remove seeds if desired. Substitute with any fresh crispy vegetable such as cucumbers, bell peppers, radishes, or celery.
A glass dish of mashed turnips, crushed crackers and tomato slices. Behind is bowl of tomato slices, crackers and parsley.

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Mashed Turnip Casserole

Creamy mashed turnips are baked in the oven and topped with crunchy cracker crumbs and fresh tomato slices.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 servings

Ingredients

Topping:

  • 3 Tbsp salted butter
  • 1 cup cracker crumbs
  • 1 tomato - sliced thin

Instructions

  • Wash, peel and slice the turnip into small pieces.
    Two images of a cutting board. First is turnips with skin sliced off. Second is turnips chopped small.
  • Add turnip to a pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil, then reduce to let simmer. Cook until turnip is tender when poked with a fork.
    A pot with turnips boiling in water.
  • Drain the cooked turnip then add to a bowl.
    Drained turnips in a strainer. And turnips in a white bowl.
  • Mash the turnip using a potato masher or hand mixer (I found success using a wood masher first, followed by hand mixer to finish the job).
    Turnips mashed in a white bowl, and turnips mashed with a hand mixer.
  • Spray a casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray.
    A casserole dish and cooking spray.
  • Beat two eggs with a fork.
    A white bowl of beaten eggs with a fork.
  • Add in the sugar, flour, baking powder, salt and pepper. Mix together.
    A white bowl with spices, flour and eggs. A bowl with beaten egg mixture and a spatula.
  • Pour into the mashed turnip bowl and mix.
    A bowl with mashed turnips and egg mixture. Another bowl with mixed turnips and other ingredients.
  • Crush 1 cup worth of crackers with your hands.
    A cup of crushed crackers.
  • Melt 3 Tbsp of butter in the microwave, then add crackers and mix together.
    A bowl of melted butter, and a bowl of crushed crackers.
  • Pour the mashed turnips into greased casserole dish. Sprinkle the buttered cracker crumbs over top. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until edges begin to turn golden brown.
    Mashed turnips in a casserole dish. Cracker crumbles on top of mashed turnips.
  • Remove from oven and top with fresh tomato slices. Serve and enjoy!
    Turnip bake with crushed crackers and tomato slices on top.

Recipe Notes:

  • Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge up to 4-5 days. Remove tomatoes while reheating in the microwave.
  • This recipe does not freeze well. The crackers will just get mushy.
  • Use a vegetable peeler or knife to slice off outer skin of turnips.
  • Turnips absorb excess water. Drain any excess liquid after mashing them.
Nutrition
Sodium: 265mg | Calcium: 40mg | Vitamin A: 1IU | Sugar: 2g | Fiber: 1g | Potassium: 4mg | Calories: 17kcal | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Fat: 1g | Protein: 1g | Carbohydrates: 4g | Iron: 1mg

Please note these nutritional values provided above are just an estimate. Actual numbers will vary based on brands and ingredients you choose, and your preferred portion sizes.

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