Yield: 6

Parmesan Crusted Crushed Turnips

Parmesan Crusted Smashed Turnips - Stacked on metal tray and sprinkled with chives

Parmesan Crusted Crushed Turnips are a delicious, low-carb alternative to crushed potatoes!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Additional Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes


  • 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  (or as needed)
  • Chopped fresh chives


  1. 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.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  3. Place the turnips on a clean kitchen towel or double layer of paper towels. Gently press each one down until it's approximately 1/2-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.
  4. Combine garlic, olive oil and salt and black pepper, to taste in a small bowl.
  5. 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.
  6. Carefully and quickly flip each turnip over. Repeat with the remaining olive oil and garlic combination and cheese.
  7. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Flip each turnip and bake an additional 15 minutes. Garnish with chopped fresh chives and serve.



  • Place the rack inside your 6-quart Instant Pot and add 1 1/2 cups water.  If using the 8-quart, use 2 cups.
  • Peel the turnips and place them on the rack.
  • Close and lock the lid.
  • Using the "Steam" setting, steam whole medium turnips for 5-6 minutes with natural release, small turnips for 3-5 minutes with natural release. THE COOKING TIME WILL DEPEND UPON THE SIZE OF THE TURNIPS.

MAKE AHEAD:  The turnips can be boiled and crushed up to a day in advance.  Leave on the towel and refrigerate.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 118Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 401mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 5g

The nutritional information above is computer-generated and only an estimate. Please do your own research with the products you're using if you have a serious health issue or are following a specific diet.

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