Salt-Baked Turnips Recipe with Mustard Cream

Salt-baked turnips with wholegrain mustard cream

  • serves 4
  • Easy

Make veg the star with these impressive salt-baked turnips to serve at your next dinner party



  • turnips 4 medium 
  • plain flour 500g
  • fine sea salt 300g
  • olive oil
  • shallots 2, finely chopped
  • garlic 2 cloves, crushed
  • thyme 1 sprig
  • white wine 1 glass
  • chicken stock 200ml
  • double cream 200ml
  • wholegrain mustard 1 tbsp
  • lemon ½ 


  • Step 1

    Heat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. To make the salt dough, mix the flour and salt in a bowl and gradually add 300ml water until you have a firm dough. You might not need to use all the water. Divide into 4 and roll the pieces out so they’re big enough to fit around the turnips.Wrap each turnip in the dough so it’s totally encased.

  • Step 2

    Put the turnips on a lined baking tray and put in the oven on the middle shelf for 1-1¼ hours until the pastry turns a light biscuit colour. Check that the turnips are tender by pushing a skewer into the middle, the turnip should be soft all the way through. If not, keep cooking and testing until tender. They may take a little longer, depending on how big they are.

  • Step 3

    To make the sauce, heat 1 tbsp oil in a pan and fry the shallots, garlic and thyme until soft, but don’t allow them to take on any colour.Add the wine and reduce by three quarters, then add the chicken stock and reduce by half.Add the cream, bring to the boil and then reduce until thickened (about 10 minutes), then strain out the shallots, garlic and thyme. Whisk in the grain mustard, then add a squeeze of lemon juice.

  • Step 4

    When ready to serve, break off the crust from the turnips and carefully take out. Slice and pour the hot mustard sauce over.

Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 378
  • Fat 30.9g
  • Saturates 17.2g
  • Carbs 11.6g
  • Fibre 7.4g
  • Protein 4.5g
  • Salt 1.7g