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Medieval Armored Turnips

Medieval Armored Turnips
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Medieval Armored Turnips


Turnips have gotten quite a bad rep. I myself avoided them like the plague for the longest time. But when my boyfriend told me of a turnip dish that he had recently had, I decided to give it a go and recreate the dish, for good or bad.

A magnificent cookbook was released in 2012, one synonymous with fans of the book series and television show: A Feast of Fire and Ice The Official Companion Cookbook for Game of Thrones. There are tons of intriguing recipes in this book, the medieval armored turnips happened to be among them.

The recipe is as follows:


For the Dish:

  • 5or 6 small turnips
  • 1-1/2 cups mozzarella
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 teaspoons of Poudre Douce

For the Poudre Douce

  • 4-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon grains of paradise
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • pinch of galangal
  • 1 cup of sugar


  1. Preheat over to 350 degrees.
  2. Peel turnips, then boil for 20 minutes or until tender.
  3. Allow turnips to cool.
  4. Meanwhile, grate cheeses.
  5. Slice cooled turnips into 1/8 inch slices.
  6. Coat the bottom of a casserole dish with softened butter.
  7. Arrange in layers-- first cheese, second turnips, third melted butter, fourth spice.
  8. Continue to layer until ingredients run out.
  9. Bake for 15 minutes.

This dish has made me a turnip fan for life! The smooth velvety texture and amalgam of tastes hit your taste buds in all the right ways making for a filling and satisfying meal experience. I highly recommend this dish, even turnip haters are bound to love this meal!

Baltimore City Residents can purchase the cookbook A Feast of Fire and Ice at the following locations:

Ivy Book Store

6080 Falls Road

Baltimore, MD 21209

Barnes and Noble Power Plant

601 East Pratt Street

Baltimore, MD 21202

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