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Roast turnip with Parmesan and thyme

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Roast turnip with Parmesan and thyme

Side Serves 4 40 min
Baked crisp and golden, the mild earthiness of this simple, aromatic turnip dish goes very well with chicken. For vegetarians, replace the Parmesan with Pecorino or another hard cheese. This recipe also work with sweet potatoes instead of turnips.

Cook's notes

We've used Parmesan in this recipe but if you are vegetarian you can use an alternative. Good vegetarian Parmesan can be difficult to get hold of; vegetarian Pecorino is often tastier.


  • 3-4 turnips, peeled
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • leaves from 5-6 sprigs thyme
  • 3 tbsp Parmesan, grated
  • few drops balsamic vinegar
  • salt and pepper


Prep time: 10 min
Cooking time: 30 min
  • Step 1

    Preheat oven to 200°C/Gas 6.
  • Step 2

    Cut the peeled turnips in half from top to bottom. Place cut side down and slice each half into 2-3mm pieces.
  • Step 3

    Pile the pieces onto a large roasting tray, drizzle with oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper and turn a few times to mix.
  • Step 4

    Arrange the slices in a shallow, ideally single, layer on the tray and roast at for about 15-20 minutes until turnip is cooked and beginning to crisp and curl at the edges.
  • Step 5

    You may need to turn the slices once or twice during cooking. Scatter over the thyme leaves followed by the Parmesan and return to the oven for about 5 minutes until Parmesan is golden.
  • Step 6

    Transfer the turnips to a serving dish and sprinkle with a few drops of balsamic vinegar and more black pepper.

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