Southern Rutabaga With Ham Bits

Total Time
1hr 40mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins

A delicious southern dish! Rutabaga is a sweet root vegetable that is often seen on the menus of home-style cooking restaurants. It is of the turnip family. This vegetable goes well as a side dish with pork. Great use for leftover ham. Some people prefer it smashed, but we like it in small cubes. Tired of the same side dishes??? Try this'll love it!!!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 medium rutabaga, peeled, cubed
  • 946.36-1182.95 ml water
  • 236.59 ml ham, cut small


  1. Note: The ham will provide enough saltiness as it cooks.
  2. Peel rutabaga and cut into small cubes. Bring water to a boil Place rutabaga cubes and ham pieces in a large saucepan.
  3. Cover and simmer on low heat for approximately 1 1/2 hours. Do not let water boil out completely -- keep a watchful eye. If preferred, mash with a fork before serving.
  4. Enjoy!
Most Helpful

OM Goodness. Even the word rutabaga sends childhood chills up my spine. Hated the word, smell etc. Unfortunately growing up in Georgia it was a weekly dish. Trying to get over it 58 years later. Made these with 1 1/2 cups of ham( flavor camoflage). Not too shabby for a hated food

Susan49 April 10, 2008

I love rutabagas and this recipe was really good. I cheated a bit and used canned rutabagas to which I added the ham. They were perfectly seasoned and went well with the pork chops that I also cooked. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

Dreamgoddess April 07, 2008