Rutabaga is a root vegetable that doesn’t seem to get a lot of love. Most people have not even heard of it before. Admittedly, I knew it existed but never took the time to try this mashed rutabaga dish recently. Surprise! It’s tasty! I mashed it up in the style of mashed potatoes and it was a really good side dish to some salmon and roasted cauliflower.
It’s hard to describe the flavor… The texture is very much like a russet potato, but the flavor is more peppery. It’s got a nice little zest to it!
This is a great side dish to replace mashed potatoes if you’re missing them. You can experiment with the texture of the mashed rutabaga depending if you use an old school masher like I did, or use your hand mixer to get a smoother consistency. I like the more rustic feel of the old school masher. You can also add a little chicken, beef, or vegetable broth to the rutabaga if you need to make it more moist and creamy.
Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!