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Turnip Puff – A Delicious Turnip Recipe

I will never be able to eat Turnip Puff without thinking of Nana. Basically, that means I will always make this even if I may be the only one that eats it (Dewey is stubborn in his hatred for turnips).
It has turned many a turnip hater into a card carrying turnip puff lover. I’m not sure how it happens but there is something in this recipe that makes the average, boring turnip worthy of a spot at Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. Yes, there really is a delicious turnip recipe….who knew?
I can hear you now “But, I HATE turnips!” All I can say is…make turnip puff at least once. It is just that good. Oh and you can use either turnips or rutabagas. Either works. And make sure that you make those dishes that remind you of someone you have loved and lost. It keeps them alive in your heart. It also makes me what someone might make to remember me one day. Something that makes you go “Hmmmmmmm!”
A delicious turnip recipe
It’ll go perfectly with your holiday turkey and I guarantee someone will ask for the recipe. Yep, it’s that delicious! Enjoy!

Turnip Puff – A Delicious Turnip Recipe

Turnip Puff Recipe
Yield: 8

Turnip Puff

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

Who knew that turnips could be delicious? Turnip Puff is the only turnip recipe you will ever need. Even turnip haters love it!


  • 6 cups cubed turnips, or rutabaga
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 3 Tbsp flour
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp ground black pepper
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup fine bread crumbs
  • 2 Tbsp melted butter


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a medium size casserole dish.
  2. Boil turnip in a medium saucepan until tender.
  3. Drain and mash.
  4. Add butter and egg and mix well.
  5. Combine flour, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, pepper and nutmeg in a small bowl.
  6. Mix into the turnip mixture.
  7. Pour turnip mixture into buttered casserole dish.
  8. Combine bread crumbs and melted butter. Spread evenly over turnip mixture.
  9. Bake for 25 minutes or until light brown on top.

Nutrition Information:



Amount Per Serving: Calories: 137Saturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 56mgSodium: 400mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 2gSugar: 5gProtein: 3g
Recipe Notes: This recipe serves ~6.  It doubles well and the leftovers reheat well.  I give this two thumbs up but Dewey & Evan not so much.  Many people who go to Nana’s have commented that this is soooo good that they can’t believe it has turnips in it.
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Tuesday 26th of December 2023

This is the best turnip puff I've ever had. I halved the recipe because there aren't many turnip fans in my crew, but this might be the recipe to change that! I also skipped the nutmeg because I didn't have any.

This puff is fluffy and buttery and sooooo good!

Nila Christensen

Thursday 4th of November 2021

Could this be made up ahead and frozen? I've made it many times but wondered it it would cook from frozen and taste okay.

Merry Kuchle

Thursday 4th of November 2021

I've never tried. I feel like you could make the turnip part ahead and refrigerate or freeze. Then thaw and sprinkle the topping on and bake if that makes sense.


Wednesday 21st of October 2020

I make this every holiday, but mine has onion and no flour. A favourite holiday casserole!😊

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Thursday 24th of September 2020

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Vicky M.

Sunday 30th of August 2020

I made it with carrots instead of turnips becauseotdering online grocery gave me carrots instead.came out yummy. Thank you for the wonderful rrciepes

Merry Kuchle

Tuesday 8th of September 2020

Thank you for giving me a new way to make it! Yum!

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