Turnip & Ham au Gratin

So this recipe is not truly au gratin; in an effort to be a little healthier, we’ve removed the breadcrumbs. Prepare this just like you would potato au gratin, except replace the potatoes with turnips. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 10-14 ounces ham in 1/2″ cubes
  • 3-5 large turnips, cleaned, peeled, and sliced thinly. You want as many large slices as you can get for the layers.
  • 3-5 cloves garlic, minced.
  • Slightly less than 1/2 cup cream (I used 1/2 cup light cream, and it turned out very sweet).
  • 1/3 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 cup combined shredded Parmesan and cheddar cheese

Prepare all the ingredients as above.

IMG_6992Heat about 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large iron (or otherwise oven-proof) skillet on medium heat. Layer the turnip slices on the pan, then sprinkle 1/3 of the ham, cheese, and garlic on top. Drizzle about 1/3 of the vegetable broth and cream (this is easier if you mix them first) on top.

IMG_6993Repeat until you have used all of the ingredients. I made about 2.5 layers in a 12″ skillet with 3 turnips, so 5 turnips should make about an even, solid 3 layers. Keep the heat on the whole time – by the time you finish, the liquid will be bubbling (this is good).

IMG_6994When you have finished layering, pop the skillet in the oven for about 20 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the turnips are soft.Let cool an enjoy! I served this with spinach sauteed with garlic and olive oil, and it was awesome.

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