What's for Dinner, Barbara-jo?! Barbara-jo's Crab and Turnip Gratin

Barbara-jo's Crab and Turnip Gratin

This recipe comes from my little grey book: Cooking for Me and Sometimes You: A Parisienne Romance with Recipes. If you wish, you can replace the crabmeat with duck confit. This recipe serves me (with leftovers). ~ Barbara-jo


* 1 medium-size turnip (about 4 inches round)

* butter

* 2 tablespoons grated onion

* 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

* 1/2 cup heavy cream

* 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided

* salt and pepper

* 1/2 cup fresh crabmeat



Peel the turnip and boil it whole for about 12 minutes. Cool before dicing into 1/2-inch cubes. Set aside.

In a medium-size pan, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add the grated onion and ground cloves. Let the mixture bubble away for about 2 minutes.

Add the heavy cream; reduce slightly. Add 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper to taste. Fold half of the cubed turnip into the creamy mixture. Top this first with 1/4 cup fresh crabmeat, the rest of the turnip, and another 1/4 cup crabmeat. Sprinkle 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese over all and cook in a hot oven, 375°F/ 190°C, for about 20 minutes until browned and bubbly.


Barbara-jo McIntosh is the proprietress of Barbara-Jo's Books to Cooks. Her little grey book is now out of print, but with good luck, we will see another book from Barjo in 2017. (But it won't be grey!)