Mashed Rutabaga (Yellow Turnip or Swede) and Potato

"This is from "The Frugal Gourmet Celebrates Christmas". I made the entire "Swedish Winter Feast" for a past Christmas and it was wonderful! I'll post the other recipes next. The whole meal is: Swedish Corned Pork Roast, Swedish Sauerkraut, Swedish Green Split Peas with Bacon, Mashed Rutabaga, Turnip, and Potato & Sweet and Hot Mustard, served with Rye Bread. I expected not to like anything and ended up LOVING everything!"
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  • 1 34 lbs rutabagas, peeled and quartered
  • 1 12 lbs turnips, peeled and quartered
  • 1 lb russet potato, peeled and quartered
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted (1/2 a cube)
  • 12 cup whipping cream
  • salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  • Place the rutabaga in a 6 quart pot with ample water and a pinch of salt. Boil for 15 minutes.
  • Add the turnips and potatoes and boil 15 minutes more, until all the vegetables are tender.
  • Drain well.
  • Mash the vegetables with the remaining ingredients. (I do it right in the pot.) You can also use an immersion blender to puree them.

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  1. This is quite good. I had more turnip than rutabaga, so I ended up reversing those proportions. I also used soy cream rather than whipping cream. I think those changes worked out well. This dish is a really nice alternative to mashed potatoes. It's got a bit of a different texture and is waterier, but has a nice, mild bite. We had it with cranberry sauce and think it would go well with gravy too.
  2. It's yummy. I made half the recipe. I used whole milk instead of whipping cream. Thanks Engrossed. Made for I recommend tag.
  3. One of my family's favorite root vegetables dishes. I make this often, just never knew there was a name for it. Made for ZWT4
  4. This is exactly how my aunt makes Rutmus. I think this may be a better version than the one I submitted. If you like mashed cauliflower you should try this too.
  5. I prepared 1/2 recipe, with no substition of any ingredients. I coarsely mashed the ingredients. The yellow pieces of rutabags were pretty mixed with the turnips and potatoes. This was good, but seemed to be missing something. The flavor was a bit bland, maybe the rutabaga or turnips were not flavorful themselves. I am glad I tried this and would try again if I could put my finger on why it tasted bland to me. Thanks Engrossed!


  1. It's yummy. I made half the recipe. I used whole milk instead of whipping cream. Thanks Engrossed. Made for I recommend tag.


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