If I had to guess, I would say that the title of this post doesn’t leave you super excited…the word rutabaga doesn’t make your mouth water or give you the desire to run into the kitchen and start cooking- but, give me a second and let me tell you about the unbelievably delicious root that is- the rutabaga!
Apart from being rich in vitamins (they are a wonderful source of vitamin A and C as well as potassium), they are mildly sweet, slightly earthy, and when cooked and blended with the milk of your choice- one of the creamiest, lightest, most delicious side items!
I made my first batch of “mashed swedes” (doesn’t that sounds more appetizing than “mashed rutabaga”) about a week ago after hearing a Richard Blais interview. Its no secret that I LOVE all foods made by Richard Blais…the creativity behind both Flip Burger and HD1 make my heart super happy! So, when I heard him say that one of his favorite things to make are mashed swedes…you know that I had to give it a try!
Typically this mashed golden goodness is made with butter and cream…and the first time I made them I used 2% milk and sour cream and holy moly it was DELICIOUS (100% Gavin approved). But because I am lactose intolerant, I decided to try a batch made with almond milk. Though not quite as decadent, they were still dreamy and delicious!
Though this lovely root is super versatile, I think that the best way to highlight this ingredient is a simple mash. Give it a try- you won’t be disappointed!
1 lb rutabaga
1/2 C almond milk or the milk of your choice
1/2 t sea salt
1/2 t fresh cracked pepper
In a medium pot over medium heat, bring enough water to cover the rutabaga to a boil. While the water is heating, peal the rutabaga and cut into thin pieces.
Once the water starts to boil, place the rutabaga in the pot, cover, and cook for 35-40 minutes (until the rutabaga starts to fall apart when poked with a fork). Next, drain the water and put the rutabaga into the blender along with the milk, salt and pepper.
Blend until completely smooth and creamy!
Serve with any of your favorite items…meatloaf, chicken breast, green beans, these babies are good with everything!