Mashed Rutabaga with Sour Cream and Dill

Mashed rutabaga with sour cream, dill, salt and pepper.

Mashed Rutabaga with Sour Cream and Dill
Elise Bauer


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.

three rutabagas
Elise Bauer

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

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Servings 4 to 6 servings


  • 2 to 3 pounds rutabagas, peeled and chopped into 1-inch chunks

  • Salt and black pepper

  • 2 teaspoons unsalted butter

  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup full-fat sour cream (more or less to taste)

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill or chives


  1. Boil chopped rutabaga until tender:

    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 the rutabagas to the pot.

    boiling rutabaga
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  2. Let steam, then mash:

    Reduce the heat to low and let the rutabaga steam for a minute or two. Mash with a potato masher.

    mashing rutabaga
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  3. Add the butter, sour cream, and salt and pepper to taste:

    Just before you serve, mix in the chopped dill or chives.


Creamy Whipped Rutabaga - from The Kitchn

Rutabaga Puff - from Pinch My Salt

Mashed Rutabaga with Sour Cream and Dill
Elise Bauer
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
133 Calories
5g Fat
20g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 133
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 7%
Saturated Fat 3g 14%
Cholesterol 15mg 5%
Sodium 83mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 5g 19%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 57mg 285%
Calcium 118mg 9%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 718mg 15%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.