Mashed Rutabaga with Sour Cream and Dill

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

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer


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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

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 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

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

3 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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Mashed Rutabaga with Sour Cream and Dill

Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  1. Becky

    Great dish. As kids my mom would mix rutabagas in with potato’s and each time lessen the potato and mash, now it’s all rutabaga!

  2. Holly M

    Am I missing the nutrition info? I don’t see it and am looking for a low carb side dish.

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  3. Dori

    Had some leftover rutabaga from a French stew I made today, and what to do with the other half. Not wanting to waste it, I came across your site. Absolutely loved the flavour! Thank you so much for this recipe!!
    PS Dill always makes everything taste better LOL


  4. Mikey

    OMG!! That was incredible!! I’ll be making this every week!!!


  5. Laurel

    I don’t have any sour cream. Do you think ranch dressing is a good substitute?. I’m going for it!

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