Passed the point of no returnip… no going back now
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This post is in response to Angus’ turnip dish: Turnip Off! They are actually both roasted turnip recipes, but they are quite different and you should try both when you are in the mood for a turnip-fest.
My version is inspired by The Point of No Return, from Phantom of the Opera. It’s actually only the second recipe inspired by this Andrew Lloyd Webber classic – the first being Phantom of the Okra – which we published nearly a year ago! It is sung by the Phantom himself, in an attempt to seduce Christine.
Passed the point of no return, no going back now
Our passion play has now at last begun
The “returnip” in this dish is sliced into layers, representing the complex layers of the Phantom’s character.* This recipe is like a cross between a dauphinois and an au gratin – with lots of cheese and cream. And although it doesn’t include bacon, you could always add some!
Combine the cream, ¾ cup of the cheese, and the black pepper. Add a layer of turnip slices to the base of the dish or skillet, then add a third of the cream mixture. Continue for two more layers, then finish with the remaining ¼ cup cheese over the top.
Roast in a preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until the turnips are tender.