Ginger & Orange Rutabaga (Yellow Turnip or Swede)

"Rutabagas are an under rated veggie - there are so many ways you can serve them - I love the touch of ginger with fresh orange juice used in this recipe. Not bad for calories either"
photo by ChefLee photo by ChefLee
photo by ChefLee
photo by ChefLee photo by ChefLee
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  • 1 medium rutabaga, peeled, diced 1/2 inch dice (apprx 3-4 cups)
  • 14 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon butter or 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt & pepper


  • Cover& cook the rutabaga until tender apprx 20 minutes.
  • Drain& Mash, stir in remaining ingredients Serve HOT.

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  1. Elly in Canada
    Bergy, this takes the lowly turnip to a new high! I used a teaspoon of freshly grated ginger and the butter. I too, loved the orange flavour, perhaps it would be good with a little fresh orange zest?? A good one Bergy!
  2. SloppyJoe
    Rutabaga is one of my favorite vegetables and is so often overlooked. This is a terrific way to enhance it's mildly sweet flavor! After I mashed and tasted I added an extra splash of Orange Juice and it was just delicious. Even DH who is not that familiar with Rutabaga really enjoyed it and said I could start fixing it more often. Thanks for sharing this keeper!
  3. ChefLee
    Wonderful, fragrant dish!!! This marinade just enhances the slightly orange scent of the rutabaga!!! I chose to steam mine for twenty minutes to cook them. They smelled so good cooking that I didn't mash them all the way because I was too hungry to try them!! This is a great, easy recipe and will definitely make again!! Thanks Bergy!!
  4. HeidiRenee
    Rutabaga is an acquired tasted, and one that my husband grew up with. The kids and I are learning to love it like he does and THIS recipe is the best I've ever tasted, it's really delicious! We used fresh grated ginger and it was yummy!
  5. Deb G
    I loved this, but my husband was unenthusiastic about it. He is a purist (just salt and pepper)about rutabaga, though, so I should have known he wouldn't like it. I thought the orange juice and ginger really enhanced the flavor.


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