6 Ways to Use Those Rowdy Rutabagas!

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I went up to the farm today by myself to pick up our share. Farmer Tim and I chatted for a bit and we headed out to the greenhouses (one of my favorite things to do when I am there) to look at some of the things in store for spring. Some of the tomato seeds have been planted and lots of the greens are beginning to come up. Some transplanting is even taking place. I got to see some micro-spinach and he even picked me some fresh red-stemmed spinach for a recipe that I will be sharing soon. Nothing is better than standing in the greenhouse, away from the wind that was whipping yesterday, tasting all of the varieties of greens that the ground there had to offer. It is something that I have fallen in love with…

I left with a share of mushrooms this time (more about those later), some fresh bread, Russian kale, rainbow chard, more carrots (WAHOOO!!), radishes, and a rutabaga.

Rutabagas are one of those vegetables that I had never had one single time before I joined a CSA, and now I can think of a bunch of different ways that I would want to incorporate it into our weekly meal plan. This week we got another rutabaga in our share, so in honor of that one fantastic purplish on the outside, cream on the inside vegetable, I am writing this post. :-)

So, without further adieu, here are some ideas for those “Rowdy Rutabagas”!


1. Rutabaga Fries – These just look absolutely phenomenal. I have heard many people talk about replacing potatoes with rutabagas  but never thought about doing this with french fries! The possibilities are endless… home fries, potato slices, rutabaga chips, and more!

2. Mashed Rutabagas, Parsnips, and Potatoes – It is the perfect combination! These are made just like mashed potatoes, but you mix all of these veggies together. Make sure that potatoes dominate the crowd to ensure that the tough texture holds up…

3. Shepherd’s Pie – This comfort food favorite can score some extra nutrients by adding rutabagas to the the topping!

4. Roasted with some other winter root vegetables – This root vegetable tastes delicious paired with parsnips, turnips, potatoes, carrots, actually, it tastes delicious with many veggies. And this dish is super easy! I have had some great luck roasting my my stoneware with a bit of EVOO, salt, pepper, and rosemary.

5. Soup or Stew – When in doubt, peel, slice, and chop, adding it to a soup or stew. Here is my version of a “CSA stew” with some rutabaga to add!

6. Rutabaga Gratin – It looks DELICIOUS! This one I must say is not for my family (though I would love it). They don’t generally go toward these creamy (read: delicious) meals. Now, that is not to say I won’t make them try it one of these days. :-)


About Lauryn Blakesley

A woman out to explore, celebrate, and enjoy everything that my community and living locally has to offer. Blessed with three beautiful children and an incredible husband, our family embraces adventure while dreaming of what is to come. Lover of knitting, running (although mostly after little ones right now), the color orange, fun accessories, fall, tea, and a clean kitchen floor. I spend my days in awe of my family and trying to teach my three to treat others as they would want to be treated.

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  1. I can honestly say I’ve never had a rutabaga! The fries look good, though!
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  2. I love the idea of replacing potatoes in stew! Or even roasting with other root vegetables! I might need to give them a try :)
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  3. We love rutabagas! They were my daughter’s favorite baby food and she loved them mixed with applesauce. Thanks for rounding up some other recipes!
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