Pure White Cream Stew with Turnips

Pure White Cream Stew with Turnips

Using bread flour instead of white flour makes this smooth. You can make this easy white stew that tastes like one made with béchamel sauce simply by mixing and simmering!

Ingredients: 4 servings

4 to 6
2 to 3 slices
○Olive oil
1/2 tablespoon
◎Turnip greens
as needed (greens worth of 2 to 3 turnips)
The basics of white sauce (béchamel sauce)
Bread flour (or cake flour)
2 tablespoons
200 ml
400 ml
●Bouillon/consommé/brodo (use whatever you usually use)
600 ml worth of soup stock (2 cubes)
●White wine (or sake)
2 tablespoons
a little (a dash)
to taste
●Bay leaf
1 to 2
10 g
★Parmesan (grated cheese)
(a little over) 1 tablespoon
△Salt and pepper
to taste


1. Peel the turnips (no need to peel if they are small) and cut into large chunks (about 6 pieces). Cut the turnip greens into 1 cm pieces from the stem.
2. Thinly slice the onion against the grain. Slice the bacon into thin strips. Heat the ○ olive oil in a pot over medium heat and saute the onion until translucent. Once wilted...
3. Quickly stir in the turnips and turn off the heat as soon as the surface is coated evenly with oil.
4. Sprinkle in the flour into the pot from Step 3 and mix together.
5. While mixing, the flour will blend in due to residual heat and will become moist.
6. Pour water and milk into the pot and stir. Stir in the ● ingredients and turn the heat back on.
7. The stew will become smooth as you keep stirring with a wooden spatula or something similar. Stir over medium heat until it starts to boil over.
8. Once it starts bubbling, reduce to low heat and simmer for 7 to 8 minutes without a lid. Stir occasionally and create a flow against the current.
9. Once the turnips soften, add the ★ butter and grated cheese to finish. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper, stir in the turnip greens a little before turning off heat, and it's done.
10. Turnip greens (including the stem) cook through quickly, so the coloring will be nicer if you just add them right before serving, especially when you plan to reheat the stew later.

Story Behind this Recipe

I like a simpler tasting cream stew that contains only turnips, for example, than standard cream stews. I always use this method for white sauce.