Easy to grow and good to eat, rutabagas will win you over; especially mashed rutabagas.
Rutabagas can be mixed with potatoes or carrots and mashed for a tasty side dish.
The most popular way to cook and serve rutabagas is mashed, though some folks prefer them roasted, fried, baked, broiled, boiled or sliced thinly. In Scotland, mashed rutabagas with potatoes — occasionally with the addition of other vegetables — are called “clapshot.”
Growing and Cooking Rutabagas: The Every-Person Root
This simple recipe for Mashed Rutabagas and Potatoes is a nod to Scotland’s famous dish.
3 pounds rutabagas, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces
2 to 2 ½ pounds potatoes, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces
2 tablespoons butter
2⁄3 cup milk
¼ teaspoon black pepper
¼ teaspoon nutmeg, or to taste
Salt to taste
2 teaspoons chopped parsley, optional
In separate saucepans, cook rutabagas and potatoes in salted water. When both are tender, remove from heat. Rutabagas will take about 30 minutes, and potatoes will take 20 to 25 minutes.
Drain; puree or mash rutabagas well, then mash potatoes. Stir mashed vegetables together.
Add butter, milk, pepper and nutmeg. Beat well. Taste and add salt if necessary. Garnish with chopped parsley. Yields 6 to 8 servings.
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