Not Your Average Mashed Potatoes?

rutabegaWell that’s right actually this recipe is not even a potato! My husband has been fascinated with different vegetables lately so we decided to try something new- a rutabaga! Well, to be honest I’d never had one before… So, we decided to try them out. They’re a big purple and off white bulb looking vegetable with a waxy skin- kind of intimidating. When you peal them they kind of smell like cabbage. This made me quite nervous because I’m not one for stinky food but, to my surprise they were really good. The flavor is kind of difficult to describe; woodsy and sweet. The sweetness comes from the parsnips for sure. Parsnips have kind of a carrot like flavor when prepared. Rutabagas are kind of bitter if you don’t peel them properly. However, as a root vegetable their texture resembles that of a potato! Give them a try, if you’re apprehensive do it anyways 🙂


1 large rutabaga

2 small parsnips

4 TBS butter

2 TBS light sour cream

Salt & Pepper to taste


Peel the rutabaga and parsnips, cut into cubes and cover with cold water (this process mimics mashed potatoes to a T)

Boil rutabaga and parsnips until fork tender.


add butter, sour cream and salt and pepper

Mash with a potato masher or throw in a blender ( next time I am going to put them in the blender because they came a bit too chunky for me, my husband LOVED them)



2 thoughts on “Not Your Average Mashed Potatoes?

  1. I’ve never even heard of rutabagas before, but I’ll definitely have to keep an eye out for them at the markets now! I usually make sweet potato mash, but if I find a rutabaga I’ll be sure to give it a go 🙂 – Niki x

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