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Mashed Rutabaga with Maple Syrup and Bourbon

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Mashed Rutabaga

Mashed Rutabaga

Copyright 2008 Kevin D Weeks
When I was growing up rutabaga was served at Thanksgiving far more often than sweet potatoes. It's a sweet vegetable (albeit more like a winter squash than sweet potatoes) with a hearty texture. Growing up we usually had them just mashed with butter, but I've gussied up this version and it makes a nice change from ordinary mashed potatoes and from sweet potatoes. Best of all, they can be made a couple of days in advance then heated in your microwave. (Larger image.) Serves 2.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes


  • 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 lb. rutabaga; peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 4 to 5 Tbsp. bourbon (or 1 tsp. vanilla extract)
  • 1 1/2 to 2 Tbsp. maple syrup*
  • 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. ground coriander


1. Place rutabaga in a large sauce pan and cover with water.

2. Place over high heat, bring to a boil over high heat and cook until fork tender (Note: It will not be as tender as potatoes.)

3. Drain rutabaga and return to pot.

4. Add 4 tablespoons bourbon, 1 1/2 tablespoons syrup, butter and spices and mash well.

5. Taste and add a bit more bourbon, maple syrup and salt if needed.

*Note: Be sure to use real maple syrup, the fake stuff simply isn't the same. And to really kick it over the top try Grade B syrup.

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 4 out of 5
a good switch, Member gilfed

I switched sweet potatoes for the rutabagas. Just microwaved 2, unpeeled till done but firm. Peeled and sliced (medium thickness) in a small casserole. Made a sauce with the burbon, syrup,butter and seasonings to just drizzle over. Can reheat easily in micro. Very good, an especially nice change if you don' t like rutabagas and want something different than the usual sweet potatoe recipes. I would make it again, maybe with vanilla instead of burbon. Either is great.

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