A Culinary Follow-Up
Or, cooking outside the present era, this time with a recipe from the 1400s:
- 1 pound turnips, peeled and thinly sliced
- 1/4 pound (or thereabouts) provolone cheese, thin sliced
Parboil the turnips. Drain.
Generously butter a baking dish.
Layer the turnips and the cheese in the baking dish, finishing up with a layer of cheese.
Cook at 350 degrees Fahrenheit until the cheese is bubbly, and serve it forth.
This is the simplest version of this dish, the way that I learned to cook it decades ago in the Society for Creative Anachronism. There are versions of it with sweet spices, and with savory ones, easily found on the internet (just Google “armored turnips”, and Bob’s your uncle), but this is the one that I know. The original version I learned was meant to serve about thirty people, and used five pounds of turnips and one of cheese; it scales upward to a hundred or so if you’ve got the kitchen and the cooking crew for it, and that many mouths to feed.