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)
* 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!)