Baking turnips can intensify their sweetness and flavor. This is a southern recipe inspired by Edna Lewis and Scott Peacock, two well known southern chefs. The amounts can be cut in half for smaller portions.
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 pounds white turnips, peeled and sliced into ½” rounds
½ teaspoon salt and freshly ground pepper
¼ teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Melt the butter in a large baking dish by setting in the oven until melted. Put the slice turnips in the baking dish and toss with melted butter, then sprinkle with salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Lay a piece of parchment paper directly on top of the turnips and wrap the baking dish tightly with aluminum foil. Bake in a preheated oven until tender, about 1 hour. Remove from the oven, and use a fork or potato masher to mash the turnips coarsely. Taste for seasoning and serve warm.