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Better Rutabagas (With Cheese)

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“I received rutabagas in my CSA box this week. I'd never had them before, but a friend told me I could cook them like mashed potatoes. So I peeled, boiled, and mashed them with butter, salt, and pepper. And took a taste... I was pleased to find they tasted a bit like smashed cauliflower, with a similar texture. And they hinted that what they really needed was onion and cheese. Here's how I made them:”

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 -3 medium rutabagas, peeled and cut in 1-inch pieced
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 green onions, chopped, white and green parts
  • 14-12 cup grated parmesan cheese, divided (cheddar is also good)
  • salt and pepper


  1. Boil the rutabagas in water until tender. Drain and mash.
  2. Add other ingredients, reserving 1 tablespoon cheese (use more or less cheese depending on how large your roots are, how well you like cheese, and how well you like rutabaga!) and combine thoroughly.
  3. Place in shallow baking dish, sprinkle with cheese, and bake at 350F until cheese on top is toasted.

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