Rock Your Rutabaga!

Rock Your Rutabaga

Rutabagas don’t look especially sexy, but there’s more to this root vegetable than meets the eye. Underneath the woody-looking exterior, its butter-yellow flesh is sweet and earthy. They're excellent sources of Vitamin C, fiber, Vitamin B6, potassium, and magnesium — and low in calories.

 

The rutabaga resulted from turnips crossing with wild cabbages ... all the way back in the 1600s. They are members of the genus Brassica (cabbage!) and are larger and sweeter than turnips. The term “rutabaga” is specific to North America.  Elsewhere, they are known as “swedes”.

 

Here are 7 ways to rock 'em:

 

Carrots and Rutabaga with Lemon & Honey
1. Carrots and Rutabagas with Lemon and Honey

Simple ingredients come together for something truly special- and lemon juice and chives liven up the warm root vegetables.

 

Spicy Scalloped Rutabaga with Parsley
2. Spicy Scalloped Rutabagas with Parsley

Thinly sliced with fresh garlic and jalapeño, topped with grated parmesan

 

Roasted Rutabaga with Maple Syrup and Thyme
3. Roasted Rutabaga with Maple Syrup and Thyme

Sweet and fragrant and special. Use real maple syrup to get the sticky-crispy caramelly finish.

 

Spiralized Turnip & Potato Casserole
4. Spiralized Turnip and Potato Au Gratin Casserole with Turkey

Spiralized turnip (or sub rutabaga!), carrots and potatoes baked with turkey in a light cream sauce finished with grated Gruyere cheese.

 

Rutabaga Pie
5. Rutabaga Pie

A hearty dinner pie - ground beef and chopped carrots onion and celery deliver amazing classic flavors (and a full belly). 

 

Rutabaga Fries with Rosemary
6. Roasted Rosemary Rutabaga Fries

Salty and flavorful, they’re like the real potato thing but better! (Bonus- only 1/3 of the calories)

 

Hasselback Rutabaga
7. Hasselback Rutabaga

What’s not to love? Roasted garlic, crispy onion and sweet rutabaga.