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Parmesan-crusted Smashed Turnip Fritters

A crispy, healthy baked snack!
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American


  • 12 small to medium turnips, peeled
  • Salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic - minced
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • Chopped fresh chives for garnish


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Place peeled turnips in a pot of salted water to cover. Bring to a boil. Cook 20 to 30 minutes or until turnips can be pierced easily with a paring knife. Drain. Let cool slightly.
  • Place the turnips on a clean kitchen towel or double layer of paper towels. Gently press each one down until it's approximately ½-inch high. Let them drain for 15 minutes then carefully flip them over onto a dry section of the towel or onto fresh paper towels so the other side drains and dries a bit.
  • Combine garlic, olive oil and salt and black pepper, to taste in a small bowl
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or nonstick aluminum foil. Place the flattened turnips on the lined baking sheet. Brush each turnip with a little of the olive oil and garlic combination. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese over each turnip, gently pressing it down.
  • Carefully and quickly flip each turnip over. Repeat with the remaining olive oil and garlic combination and cheese.
  • Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Flip each turnip and bake an additional 15 minutes. Garnish with chopped fresh chives and serve.


These are tasty served with a Greek yogurt, lemon zest and chive dipping sauce.
Keyword Turnip

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