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:
Simple ingredients come together for something truly special- and lemon juice and chives liven up the warm root vegetables.
Thinly sliced with fresh garlic and jalapeño, topped with grated parmesan
Sweet and fragrant and special. Use real maple syrup to get the sticky-crispy caramelly finish.
Spiralized turnip (or sub rutabaga!), carrots and potatoes baked with turkey in a light cream sauce finished with grated Gruyere cheese.
5. Rutabaga Pie
A hearty dinner pie - ground beef and chopped carrots onion and celery deliver amazing classic flavors (and a full belly).
Salty and flavorful, they’re like the real potato thing but better! (Bonus- only 1/3 of the calories)
What’s not to love? Roasted garlic, crispy onion and sweet rutabaga.