Mashed Rutabagas & Apple ♥

Mashed Rutabagas and Apple, another intriguing vegetable recipe ♥, just rutabaga (also called 'swede') and apple in a silky-smooth mash.
Wondering what to make with that door weight called a rutabaga that showed up in your CSA box? LOL, start here, a silky-smooth mash of apples and the golden-colored root vegetable called rutabaga (or swede, a much prettier name, yes?). It has gorgeous color and is a lovely side dish or better still, an "under dish".

Real Food, Fresh & Seasonal. Budget Friendly. Weeknight Easy, Weekend Special. Low Fat. Weight Watchers Friendly. Vegetarian. Naturally Gluten Free.

Tonight's Big Food Lesson

Just because you don't so much like rutabagas cooked one way, doesn't mean you won't love them another way. In turn, just because you don't like [pick one: eggplant, zucchini, broccoli] cooked one way doesn't mean you won't like [pick one: eggplant, zucchini, broccoli] cooked another way.

What a great lesson, even for someone who adores vegetables. Imagine what it might do for someone who doesn't, really? I think it's especially true for an unfamiliar vegetable. The big take-away: don’t give up after the first try!

So Really, Don't Miss This Interesting Combination

Awhile back, our long-time family friend Meryl recommended a favorite of hers, rutabagas glazed with soy sauce, brown sugar and butter. (See Glazed Rutabagas.) To me, they were, well, okay.

A week later, a leftover rutabaga was going to waste in the fridge. I searched for another recipe and am glad of it because, hey, rutabagas mashed with apples are really, really good – and if you liked Mashed Potatoes & Carrots, you'll love this, too. I imagine it best served in the fall, with roast pork, I think.

I adore this combination of a vegetable and fruit. It is sooo smooth. In fact, don't drain the mixture and include the cooking water when sending through the food processor, it could be a silken soup.

It's also a great way to sweeten root vegetables, not with processed sugar but the natural sweetness of fruit.

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Mashed Rutabagas and Apple, another intriguing vegetable recipe ♥, just rutabaga (also called 'swede') and apple in a silky-smooth mash.


Hands-on time: 15 minutes
Time to table: 50 minutes
Makes 5 cups

2-1/2 pounds rutabaga, (to yield about 2 pounds after peeling)
3 medium cooking apples (see TIPS)
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon maple syrup
Generous salt & pepper

Fill a large pot with water to cover both the rutabaga and the apple and bring the water to a boil over MEDIUM HIGH.

COOK THE RUTABAGAS BY THEMSELVES FIRST While the water heats, slice the heavy skin off the rutabagas, then cut the flesh in a half-inch dice. Add the rutabaga to the boiling water and bring the water back to a boil. Reduce the heat to MEDIUM, cover and cook until soft, about 20 minutes.

THEN ADD THE APPLES TO FINISH COOKING Meanwhile, peel (see TIPS) and chop the apples. Once the rutabagas are soft, add apples and cook another 10 minutes.

PROCESS UNTIL SMOOTH Drain off the water through a colander and transfer the rutabagas and apple to a food processor. Add the butter and maple syrup, process until quite smooth. Taste and adjust butter and maple syrup, then season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.

If you're unsure which apples are good for cooking, check the signs at the supermarket. If all else fails, avoid any "Delicious" apple, nearly all others will work great.
For most dishes with apples, leave apple skins on – it saves time, the texture contrast is usually good, the fiber is good for you, etc. But for this dish, do peel the apples before cooking. Even in a Cuisinart, bits of skin really detract from the overall texture.

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Still Hungry?

More Favorite Rutabaga Recipes

~ Rutabaga & Butternut Squash Purée ~
~ Glazed Rutabagas ~
~ Scalloped Swedes & Finns ~
~ more recipes for rutabagas (swedes) ~
from A Veggie Venture ~

~ Turnip or Rutabaga Puff ~
from Kitchen Parade, my food column

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