Irish Rutabagas(Swedes or Yellow Turnips) With Caramelized Onion

"Turnips became popular in Ireland as human food during the great famine and have remained popular. I especially like this combination of turnip and onion. Easy and economical to serve. For my way of cooking this recipe has far too much butter & oil. I would use a "No OIl" spray for the onions and perhaps 1 tbsp of butter. _ I love butter and I love the flavor it gives but------------------"
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  • Heat Olive oil in a heavy skillet add the onions, cook over low heat for approximately 45 minutes or until they are golden and caramelized.
  • Meanwhile boil the rutabagas in salted water, cook until soft, drain and mash well then beat in the butter.
  • Stir in the caramelized onions, taste and adjust seasoning.
  • Serve piping hot (reheat in the oven if necessary).

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  1. Oh the onions make it! I cut back on the butter (substantially -- gotta watch my fats), but I didn't miss it one bit with the sweet rutabagas. Why does something that look so bad taste so good? Excellent side dish, I'll do it again and again. Bergy, perfect!
  2. this is great!!! The little kids picked out the onions,( but they didn't go to waste)Will fix this for a Holiday side dish
  3. tried them for an easter dinner ... excellent! very easy to make and the flavor is great. i think this will be a regular for holiday meals in my house
  4. I'm one of these odd guys who does like rutabagas!! This was really good. A nice change from the traditional turnip and carrot dish. Next time I'll add even more onions. Thanks again Bergy.
  5. Used swedes instead. I grew them for the first time, not even knowing if I liked them, then looked for recipes to use them up. Loved this one - will definitely use it again. Onions add a lovely flavour and I did use the stated quantity of butter. Can't wait for next season to grow some more.


  1. Lost the oil. Lost the butter. Added butter buds in place of that and used soymilk to smooth it. cooked the onions in a bit of water. Turned out great. took the modifications well


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