Turnip Au Gratin

  • 8 medium turnip roots -- about 4 cups
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/8 cup butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 3/4 cup cream or Half & Half
  • 1/2 cup plain bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese

Directions:
Peel and dice turnip roots -- about 4 cups Parboil in lightly salted water until very tender. Drain and mash. Season with paprika, salt, black pepper and granulated sugar In a small sauce pan melt: about 1/4 stick butter Stir in flour for a couple of minutes to cook but don't brown. Add cream or Half & Half Mix in well cooking long enough to make a thick sauce, but don't boil. Drain off any excess water from turnip roots. Mix sauce with turnip roots. Top with bread crumbs and sharp cheddar cheese Heat through until hot and bubbly in 350 Degree oven. Brown lightly.

Did you know?

Organic farmers and experts in India organized to address the agriculture crisis facing the nation's 700 million farmers. Poor yields, degraded soils, and expensive chemical inputs arising from the cultivation of pesticide intensive crops, including genetically engineered cotton, have devastated India's rural economy. Crop failures and crushing debt led over 300 Indian farmers to commit suicide between May and July. To address this crisis, farmers from all over the country joined together August 2, 2006 to create the "Organic Vision 2020," a long term strategy to shift the country's farming focus back to ecological and traditional organic practices.

Quotes

"Let us never forget that the cultivation of the earth is the most important labor of man. Man may be civilized in some degree without great progress in manufactures and with little commerce with his distant neighbors. But without the cultivation of the earth, he is, in all countries, a savage. Until he gives up the chase and fixes himself in some place, and seeks a living from the earth, he is a roaming barbarian. When tillage begins, other arts follow. The farmers, therefore, are the founders of civilization."
~Daniel Webster
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