Mashed Rutabaga is the Perfect Mashed Potato Substitute!

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Rutabaga, or as it is known in some places, swede, is a delicious root vegetable that tastes somewhere between a turnip and a sweet potato. Using it to make a mash instead of regular potato is the perfect way to check it out and discover how delicious it is!


  • 2-3 pounds of rutabagas
  • 2 teaspoons of butter
  • 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup of sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons of chopped chives, parsley, or any other fresh herb
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. First, wash and peel the rutabagas.
  2. Then, chop them into 1-inch cubes as evenly as possible.
  3. Fill up a large pot of with cold water and put in the rutabagas. It’s best to start with cold water so it cooks every piece more evenly. Salt it generously, and bring it up to a boil.
  4. Put the heat down to medium and cook until soft, about 30-45 minutes.
  5. Then, drain the rutabagas, put them back into the pot and put it on low heat for a couple of minutes to dry out a bit.
  6. Finally, add in the butter and sour cream, mash, and season it to your taste. Mash it with a potato masher and serve with your favorites herbs!