Mashed Rutabaga with Sour Cream and Dill

Rutabaga. I just love saying that word. What’s a rutabaga? Well, it’s sort of a large turnip glancing in the direction of a sweet potato. It’s yellow in color on the inside, and tastes sort of like a turnip, but somewhat less bitter. It’s also called a “Swede” or a Swedish turnip. I don’t think you can escape Minnesota without having had your fair share of rutabagas, and my dad is no exception. He loves them. Tosses them into anything that calls for root vegetables. When I mentioned we were mashing up some rutabagas, he came by lickety-split, and then didn’t leave until he ate half of them. Yes, we love rutabagas here, and this mashed version is an excellent way to serve them.

How about you? Are you a rutabaga fan? If so, what’s your favorite way of serving them? Please let us know in the comments.

Mashed Rutabaga with Sour Cream and Dill Recipe

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4-6 as a side dish.


  • 2 to 3 pounds of rutabagas, peeled and chopped into 1 inch chunks
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup full-fat sour cream (more or less to taste)
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh dill or chives


1 Cover the chopped rutabaga with about 1 inch of cold water and bring to a boil. Add a generous pinch of salt and boil until tender, about 30-40 minutes. Drain and return to the pot.

2 Reduce the heat to low and let the rutabaga steam for a minute or two. Mash with a potato masher.  Add the butter, sour cream, and salt and pepper to taste. Just before you serve, mix in the chopped dill or chives.

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  • David Bley

    I love rutabagas or turnips mixed in to mashed potatoes and I remember eating pasties made with potatoes and rutabagas and liking them very much. I have collected several recipies for them, but have never prepared them.

  • Michele

    Mashed rutabaga is always on the holiday mom boiled w/1-2 white potatoes then mashed w/a little milk, salt, lots of butter and pepper…so good. It was a holiday treat we all looked forward to having however rutabagas are so very hard to peel maybe the reason we only had them on Thanksgiving and Christmas.

  • Paloma

    Very interesting! I have never tasted them! Sounds yummy!

  • Jeff

    My grandmother always took leftover mashed potatoes and mashed rutabaga, mixed them together, and fried them in a skillet. Delicious!

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