Rutabaga Recipes

These are delicious!  They're not as cripsy as french fries but the combo of the sweetness of the rutabaga and the spices makes you wish you made a double batch!  You can also play with the spices, trying other combos like rosemary, salt and pepper, or curry-themed.  I think that anyway you do these they'd be really good!

Rutabaga, peeled and cut into ‘fries’/spears
Olive oil
2-3 tablespoons cornmeal (or flour)
Pinch (+ or -) each of cumin, oregano, cayenne, paprika, salt & pepper (to taste)

Toss rutabaga with oil, cornmeal and spices.  Lay single layer on baking sheet leaving a little room between each.  Bake at 400-425 until cooked through and browned, 30+ min, tossing occasionally for evenness.

4 slices bacon, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 lb. rutabagas, ends trimmed, peeled & cut into ½” dice
1 medium onion, chopped
1 small celeriac, ends trimmed, peeled & cut into ½” dice
½ tsp salt
Ground pepper, to taste
1/8-1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced

Heat a heavy bottomed frying pan over medium. Fry bacon until crisp, about 5 minutes. Transfer bacon to
plate. On medium-high heat, add rutabaga, onion, and celeriac to the bacon grease and sauté for 2 minutes stirring constantly. Reduce heat to medium, cover, and cook stirring occasionally to prevent sticking for 15-20 minutes until rutabagas are tender. Uncover pan and add salt, pepper, cayenne, and garlic. Increase heat to brown the edges of vegetables and stir around seasonings for about 2 minutes. Turn off heat and stir in bacon. Serve hot. Serves 2-4.

Rutabaga Puree
1 rutabaga, peeled and cut into long slices
1 pound potatoes, cut into 1” chunks
¼ cup milk or cream
4 tbls butter
½ tsp dried thyme
Salt and pepper to taste


Bring a pot of water to a boil, add rutabaga and simmer ten minutes.  Add potatoes, cook until vegetables are tender.  Drain.  Add remaining ingredients and mash.  Serve hot.  Makes 6-8 side dish servings.
 

Gene thinks that this dish really brings out the sweetness of the rutabaga!  Give it a try as a delicious side dish or add ground beef at the end and make it a one-skillet-meal!

3-4 tablespoons oil or butter
2-3 cups rutabaga, peeled and chopped into 1/2 inch cubes
1 large onion or 1 cup shallots, chopped
1 tablespoon crushed sage (or more to taste)
salt and pepper to taste

Heat oil on medium heat in large skillet.  Add all ingredients and saute, stirring for about 2-3 minutes.  Then lower heat to medium-low and cover the skillet.  Cook until tender and soft but not mushy, stirring to prevent sticking, for about 45 minutes.  Taste and add more salt, pepper, and/or sage if needed.  Serve hot!

Availability: October-March

Storage tips: Refrigerate in a plastic bag for at least a month.

How to eat: Rutabagas are great winter storage vegetables whose flavor really gets good after a few hard frosts in the fall. Basic preparation involves chopping them, boiling them for 15-20 minutes or until soft, and mashing them with butter. They are also great roasted, in stews, or grated in salads.

This is another great winter soup that can be made just about anytime during winter with almost all locally grown ingredients!

2-4 tablespoons butter
1 large onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh ginger root, chopped
1 large carrot, peeled and chopped
1 pound rutabaga, peeled and chopped
1 large apple, peeled and chopped
2-4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
1/2 cup cream or milk
salt and pepper to taste

Over medium heat, saute onion in butter until softened, about 5-10 minutes, stirring.  Add garlic and ginger root and cook, stirring for 1 minute.  Add carrot, rutabaga, apple and chicken broth.  Bring to boil, and simmer until veggies are tender, about 20 minutes.  Puree, then add cream/milk and salt and pepper to taste.  Serve hot on a cold day.

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