Sliced turnip & bacon bake

Sliced turnip & bacon bake

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Prep: 30 mins Cook: 1 hr, 30 mins


As a side dish
Make the most of turnips with this flavoursome recipe, perfect with slow cooked lamb, or as main course

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal303
  • fat23g
  • saturates13g
  • carbs15g
  • sugars13g
  • fibre7g
  • protein10g
  • salt1.26g
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  • 85g butter



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 6 rashers smoked streaky bacon, chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme leaf
  • large onion, finely sliced



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 1½ kg turnip, peeled and sliced



    Turnips are creamy-white with a lovely purple, red or greenish upper part where the taproot has…

  • 100g mature cheddar, grated


  1. Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Heat half the butter in an ovenproof frying pan. Add the bacon and cook for a few mins, then add the thyme and onions, season and cook for a further 8-10 mins until the onions are soft and golden. Scoop the onions into a bowl, leaving the buttery juices in the pan.

  2. Off the heat, layer the sliced turnips in the pan with a scattering of fried onions, a sprinkling of cheese and some dots of butter between the layers. Season with a little salt and plenty of pepper as you go. Cover the pan with foil and bake for 1-1¼ hrs until the turnips are tender when prodded with the point of a knife. Leave the cake to relax for 5 mins. Turn it upside down onto a plate or board, then cut into wedges and serve.

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5th Feb, 2015
Oh come on, BBC Good Food: since when has 'Sliced Turnip & Bacon Bake' been classed as vegetarian?
25th Sep, 2014
This is a great recipe for turnips. It was really nice and I can see it would go well with roast lamb. When I make it again though, I'll somehow contrive to turn it over halfway through cooking, because I found the top layer (which becomes the bottom) a bit dry and less well-cooked than the rest. Also, the one in the picture above appears to have been put under the grill to brown it after turning. I'd probably do this too as mine was a bit peely wally-looking.
13th Feb, 2012
This was lovely, just had as a weekday main meal, but it would be stunning as a side dish for a roast. I didn't have 1.5k of turnip so used roughly 1/2 turnip, 1/2 parsnip, and 1 small baking potato. I also substituted back bacon for streaky, and forgot 1/2 the butter!!! Still delicious, and moist. Only downsided was finely slicing all the veg was a little time consuming.
20th Sep, 2011
This didn't work for me at all. Needed a lot longer cooking time than suggested (I cooked it for 3 hours) and was very dry - so adding chicken stock helped a bit.
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