Here are some more recipes and ramblings you might enjoy…. Drain the boiling water once the rutabaga is cooked. Boil carrots and rutabaga together until just soft. Mom was from Cavan, not far from Swanlinbar, so I learned to cook this from her. So enough of my waffling, let’s get down to cooking this tough little root. You need to cut about a 1/4 inch below the outer purple skin layer. I serve it every Thanksgiving. I will laugh and think of this website every time rutabaga is mentioned, but I will call it “turnip” in honor of my Irish heritage. All the best, Hi Liam – Thanks for sharing your turnip or rutabaga cooking tips. Rutabags or Irish turnips may not be on everyone’s menu, nor be to everyone’s taste. Use a paring knife to remove the outer skin. Also we have a great Colcannon recipe, an Irish style potato mash. Bring the water to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 40 to 50 minutes until the rutabaga is … Farm Fresh Feasts: Make Ahead Irish Mashed Potato Casserole IRISH BOILED DINNER. I was diagnosed with Diabetes and my usual dietary needs was to be changed if I wish to get healthier with less carbs. I know it’s not a traditional vegetable for Americans to serve, but a turnip tale links it to this holiday for me. Mairéad. Here’s a link for my Irish style cabbage… Please see my. Mairéad, Thanks for checking out this recipe, Ana. As someone else commented the cashier often has no idea what it is. It makes me wonder if I’m the only one buying them. hanks for following my recipes and ramblings. I grow 10 rutabaga seeds each year, I get about 8 usable swedes. Happy Saint Patrick’s Day, The great thing about Irish turnips is not only how easily they’re cooked but also the variety of meals they can be added to. “We always run out of rutabagas at Thanksgiving,” the produce manager explained. I cook them just like your recipe. Your email address will not be published. Like potatoes, the turnips are cheap to purchase, easy to make and can be added to a variety of meals. Quarter the potatoes with a sharp knife, then place the potatoes in a pot that fits them comfortably. 1 pint milk, as creamy as possible. I hope they don’t have to throw any rutabagas away because they spoil before getting bought. Using a large frying pan melt the butter in the pan and then add the cubed turnips. - … So be prepared to advise the checkout person that the vegetable they are weighing and scanning is a rutabaga. I believe it’s never too late to explore your Irish cultural heritage and celebrate your ancestors’ spiritual legacy. Now small little white turnips are technically called Brassica rapa. Mairéad. Irish butter is so much better than any American brands. If the pot boils dry the smell of burnt rutabaga is horrible. Also check our Sweet potato fries. The Divine Comedy is one of Ireland’s most respected indie-pop bands. All the best, I frequently prepare them to serve with ham or a ham steak with pineapple. They’re delicious with Irish style fluffy mashed potatoes, which are made with floury potatoes and are less creamy than American style mash. I make a delicious carrot and rutabaga soup which you might enjoy. The secret ingredients were cabbage and cream. Mashed potatoes were actually the first food I ate my Irish grandma started feeding me them around two months old. The turnips i dice and cook along with a combination of turnip and mustard greens. Some people like to purée the rutabaga in a food processor, but I prefer to leave a little bit of texture by using a potato masher. Add half a teaspoon of salt and, over medium-high heat, cook the vegetables until fork … The hardest part is slicing it up, hopefully easier your way this year. I grew excited when I saw a pork dish on the menu with a side of rutabaga puree. It sure looked like what I remembered as turnip, but I decided I had somehow gotten mixed up. Possibly one of the most common meals with Irish turnips is mashed potatoes, sausages and gravy but every Irish family has their own unique dish. Use a potato masher to break it up. I get about 30 lbs each year. Parboiling and freezing your fresh rutabaga harvest is a great idea. Last updated March 2, 2020. They’re delicious in soups and many people love to roast them. Best wishes, ), Hi Erin – Many thanks for checking out my recipe and ramblings about turnips. He always fried 2 or 3 slices of bacon per rutabaga & sauted about 1/3 cup of diced onion in the bacon grease then added the cooked rutabaga along with the bacon bits, salt & pepper. So nice to read a little history on the turnips a Thanksgiving staple on our family table since I was a child, I didn’t like the taste as a child, fast forward after giving birth 39 years ago, turnips have become one of my favorite vegetables along with brussel sprouts which I am happy to say have been a weekly staple on my table and not just brought out for Thanksgiving. Róisín is a cat lover who is also a freelance writer and regular contributor to our site. Lovely to hear you enjoy Brussels sprouts frequently too. Smash together using either a potato masher or food processor until it looks like a puree. Serve with yellow mustard! Check out the printable recipe at the bottom of this post for US and Metric equivalent versions of the recipe. Hi Evelyn – I agree that folks don’t know what they’re missing if they don’t give rutabagas a try. Time 1 hour Andrew Scrivani for The New York Times This is inspired by colcannon, an Irish mix of mashed potatoes and kale or cabbage. Lo and behold there wasn’t a single rutabaga to be had. We grew up with this baby (Swede in Brit) and no one I knew at the time, in the US, knew what I was talking about. He rose to the challenge, searching high and low, from grocery store to fresh fruit market, along the turnip trail. No one I’ve served rutabaga has ever had it before which seems a bit odd as every supermarket or green grocery I’ve ever been in (Chicago-land) has rutabaga for sale. Not sure how itll turn out so just in case I’m making plenty of other stuff , Hi Marissa – I hope you enjoyed your rutabaga fries and thanks for letting me know this veggie of my childhood is keto friendly. Sp happy to find this article and the Irish root of this side dish (pun intended). When done, put in serving bowl and crumble the cooked bacon across it. It was always served for holiday meals. All the best, She suggested we have Irish mashed turnips with our turkey that year, since serving rutabaga at Thanksgiving had become a personal tradition for her over the years. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! Place an 8 to 10 ... carrots and red potatoes. For most people turnips are usually added to a meal that includes potatoes, something like the bacon and cabbage recipe or even mashed potatoes. If you would like to soften your rutabaga in the microwave to make it easier to peel, then follow these steps. I didn’t grow up eating brown sugar sweetened turnips so I’m going to make this step optional. I love turnips. I pretty much follow your recipe for cooking. Back in the day my mom ate rutabagas out of a can and they were so good but since having my own family now i like to get fresh rutabagas and turnips to prepare as a mash. * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. I must try the sour cream idea. Add the diced rutabaga to a medium saucepan and cover it with cold water. The added sweetness from the butter and a good … Do you know how to avoid the denser, woody part of the root? Hi Eileen – Lovely to hear cooking turnips yesterday brought back fond memories of your Irish Nana. Boiled and mashed rutabaga is a favorite vegetable side in Ireland. Hi Pam – I’ve never tried sauerkraut with turnip, but it sounds like a perfect match. Believe me – I know from experience. It has been years since I have eaten it. “What’s this called,” comes the inevitable question. As I cooked them yesterday, i smelled the turnips boiling and was transported to 7 year old me, cooking in the kitchen with my Nana. https://www.irishamericanmom.com/how-to-cook-cabbage-irish-style/ “It’s the one time of year they are in demand.”. 2tbs butter. There are many ways to cook turnips or rutabagas. Making mashed turnips is honestly just as easy as making mashed potatoes – the method is basically the same. 83. Add the turnip and carrot to a large stock pot and add enough water to cover the vegetables. American rutabagss, Irish yellow turnips and British swedes all belong to the Brassica napobrassica family of plants. "I created this recipe after tasting the best mashed potatoes I had ever had, in Dublin, Ireland. Such a pleasure to have found your website. Family recipe tip: Gram used to use the leftover bacon grease from breakfast that morning to include in the turnips when mashing! I think many Irish grannies added bacon fat to their turnips. Thanks. Today we’re going to be boiling our turnip or rutabaga using the tried and trusted cooking method of most Irish cooks. God Bless. Mairéad, My grandmother boiled a carrot and a med sized potato with the turnip, mashed it all together, add salt, pepper, several pats of butter to taste and 1 tab of brown sugar, yum, Hi Nancy – That sounds like a yummy combination. The English call it a swede, and in Scotland it is often called a neep. Halloween Traditions in Ireland (Samhain), How To Make A Hot Toddy (Irish Whiskey Punch). There you can choose the measurement system that works best for you. Mairéad, Thank You for all the recipes. This greatly reduces the necessary cooking time. I always buy plenty, because I love to freeze them to have for other times throughout the year. Season with salt and white pepper and mash again. They’re a taste of my Irish childhood. Add the diced rutabaga to a medium saucepan and cover it with cold water. Of course, we did the same thing with the cabbage greens also. It is so delicious. Never saw cabbage cooked over there like it usually is here. Mairéad. It is a bulbous root vegetable with a purple hued outer skin covering a dense inner yellow core. I have tried others and they just don’t taste the same .They don’t have the richness that makes the turnips taste so rich for what would have been seed as a poor crop, Hi Patricia – I second that with regards to Kerrygold butter. Today i shall enjoy my leftover mashed turnip with the other leftovers! Next cut each piece into one inch cubes. Thanks for stopping by and checking out my recipe. Mashed Turnip & Apple Casserole- Light & Weight Watchers Friendly foodmeanderings.com maple syrup, butter, apple sauce, brown sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon and 4 more Maple Bourbon Glazed Turkey Breast with Roasted Root Vegetables Honeysuckle White They’re becoming a staple in the Keto loving community, with many Keto lovers using them as a replacement for potatoes. Turnips, from 'Annals of the Famine in Ireland, in 1847, 1848, and 1849', by Asenath Nicholson, 1851 Place the root on a cutting board, balanced on its flattest end. All the best, Read More About The Irish American Mom Community, AdvertisingComment PolicyDisclaimerDisclosurePrivacy PolicyContactFAQ’sSitemap, Many Thanks to the Irish Blog Awards – Irish American Mom Won the Silver Award in the 2018 Diaspora Category, Irish American Mom Is Featured On Irish Central. For me this could be addictive! The most difficult and dangerous part of this process is cutting up the rutabaga. All the best, How To Roast Potatoes Irish Or English Style ». They look delicious. And being an Irish man, he knew exactly what he was looking for, once we told him he was on a quest for a good, old Irish turnip. I think very few Americans buy rutabagas, probably because they simply don’t know how to cook them. Mairéad, Your email address will not be published. Wishing you and yours a Blessed and Happy Thanksgivng. The term rutabaga comes from the Swedish word “rotabagge”. How to make mashed turnips … I grew up eating rutabaga (Swedish dad/Irish mom) and I still cook them fairly often. Maybe it was the Irish settlers that brought it, since we have a lot of Irish immigrants to this area. They are delicious, for sure, in a roasted vegetable medley. Happy Saint Patrick’s Day to you and yours too. Or chopped into cubes and added to an Irish Stew, it adds that lovely earthy taste. Butter makes this super cheap food awesome. My father from Strabane told me the turnips were primarily fed to the cattle. I’m sorry that you couldn’t find any rutabagas, and it must be a regional thing, certainly not an “American” thing. I personally don’t microwave my rutabaga before peeling, but I have years of rutabaga cutting experience under my belt. Also a local Irish restaurant features mashed turnips and carrots. Recipe by Irish American Mom - Irish Culture, Heritage and Recipes Blog. Mairéad. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. © Copyright 2011-2020, Irish American Mom. Best wishes, Mairéad. Mairéad, Turnip blitized to a puree real butter salt and white pepper a must, Hi Valerie- Thanks for letting us know how you like to blitz your rutabaga to a purée. Possibly one of the most common meals with Irish turnips is mashed potatoes, sausages and gravy but every Irish family has their own unique dish. Season with salt and white pepper. You are now ready to move on with the next steps outlined below. They probably fall firmly into either the ‘totally love it’ or ‘completely hate it’ category for nearly everyone. Mairéad In the last 15 ... cooking, add the turnips, cabbage, salt, and pepper. This method is much easier than trying to peel a rutabaga with a potato peeler – really a mission impossible. Mairéad. I never knew they had Irish roots, though. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used. Here you’ll find a quick list of what you’ll need for this recipe. Turnips are one of those very versatile vegetables and in Ireland, it is cooked in a variety of ways from just boiled and mashed with a big lump of creamy golden Irish butter melting on top. Return it to the pot. Drain the boiling water once the rutabaga is cooked. That’s the hardest part of preparing this awesome vegetable. What a claim to fame! It’s amazing how many rutabaga fans have found this little tutorial, and then to discover that so many of us have Irish roots. Mashed Turnips and Potatoes! Cut through the middle separating it into two equal halves. And so that year we gave thanks, for one man’s perseverance in his quest to deliver a Thanksgiving rutabaga. Here you’ll find step-by-step photographic instructions to help you recreate this recipe successfully. Mashed & Gravy Boiled Parslied Oven Roasted Island Mashed* Garlic Mashed AuGratin Scalloped Mashed/Cheddar & Bacon* VEGETABLES Green Bean Almondine Green Bean w/Bacon & Onion* Baked Beans Vegetable Medley Broccoli AuGratin* Peas & Pearl Onions Niblet Corn Baby Carrots with Dill * Add .50 per person Bring the water to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 40 to 50 minutes until the rutabaga is fork tender. Mairéad. I parboil and freeze in bags for winter. My mother from Donegal (nee McElchar) taught me to cook the swedes in a pressure cooker. I found another recipe which told me to cube it, steam (or par-boil boil it) and then finish it on the stove sauteed with onion, garlic, salt and pepper and curry powder. Peel and cube the rutabaga. If you microwaved your rutabaga when peeling it, the cooking time will be a little shorter. If I have leftover cabbage, I freeze it to have on hand for this recipe." Thanks so much for this tasty tip. Now, thanks to you, I am sure I was told as a kid that it was turnip and never knew what rutabaga was until my sister made it for Christmas. If you are in search for an easy potato recipes, try adding turnips to your mash. Mairéad. Nevertheles, judging by all the wonderful comments on this blog post, readers around this little corner of the world wide web, definitely place it in the ‘love it’ category. My thoughts turn to rutabagas with Thanksgiving approaching. Mashed Carrots and Turnips The mashed carrots are sweet while the rutabagas have an earthy flavor and they pair very well together. Use a potato masher to break it up. Once I dined at a fancy restaurant in New Jersey. In my 60s I learned I like rutabaga a lot more than I liked mashed turnip as a kid.I finally know the difference! I’m going to make French fries with it. Prick the rutabaga skin in several places with a skewer. There are plenty of tips included along the way. I usually just mash mine, but I’ve had it puréed in a restaurant and it was delicious. Very easy to grow and one packet of seeds will last 5-10 years. Each semi-circle usually yields nine cubes by cutting 3 vertical slices and then three more perpendicular slices. After the turnip was mashed (as you said, this leaves a texture some prefer), we fried a few slices of bacon in a pan until crispy, removed the bacon, and then added the mashed turnip. Salt and pepper. When I was close to seven months pregnant with triplets, my aunt visited for Thanksgiving. If you wish to limit how much butter you use, you can omit butter and increase the amount of sour cream used instead of using butter. Add the sour cream, if using, and mix through the rutabaga mash. However, things are beginning to change in the American rutabaga world. Another mashed root vegetable loved by the Irish is mashed rutabaga or turnip, as we say in the Emerald Isle. Another time, my sister served “Mom’s” rutabagas for Christmas dinner. Practically every time I buy a rutabaga at the grocery store, the check-out guy or gal holds it up with a quizzical expression. Serves six. Hi Karly – thanks for sharing your tips for growing rutabaga from seeds. I’m giving the ol’ root vegetable a whirl tonight. Then turn it upside down and repeat for another 5 minutes. Happy Thanksgiving. Hi Eric – I too am always amazed at how cashiers never seem to know what a rutabaga is. Simply delicious! Now I can’t get enough of both vegetables. Rutabaga is a very popular vegetable in Ireland, but the name is never used by the Irish to describe this favorite side for a chicken roast, ham or bacon dinner. So glad you enjoyed some Irish style turnip – a perfect side for salmon. Some of the pieces will float in the water making it impossible to cover the top by an inch. I returned home shocked and empty-handed. As Ireland has a wet climate it’s the perfect place for growing turnips which is popular in the farming industry. Remove the basket from the pan and slide the carrots and parsnips into a food processor fitted with … I must be honest, i haven’t followed your recipe yet, but I WILL! We love the turnips and have them frequently during the winter months. This post may contain affiliate sales links. And for special dinners like Christmas and Thanksgiving we love to serve roast potatoes, with our turnips or rutabagas. more in-depth tutorial on how to peel and cut a rutabaga, Irish Expressions Of Gratitude For Thanksgiving, Color Your Own Homemade Christmas Crackers, Irish Santa Claus Decorations and Ornaments for Christmas, Irish Book Recommendations For Christmas 2020, https://www.irishamericanmom.com/how-to-cook-cabbage-irish-style/, Read More About The Irish American Mom Community. It was delicious. I substituted low-fat cream cheese and fat-free sour cream for the cream with great results. Here’s my traditional recipe, handed down from my mother, and her mother before her. Folks just don’t know what they are missing if they don’t try your nice recipe. Living in the southeast USA, we have rutabagas in our grocery stores, on our mom and pop buffets and in our grandmothers’ kitchens. 1 Rutabaga, medium. But he still loved mashed turnips and potatoes for his dinner. Remove it from the microwave and allow it to cool before slicing it in half as directed above. I love all your tips for including rutabaga in your diet. Irish American Dad fancied a scoop of mashed turnip instead of an overly-sweet, sweet potato casserole that year. Hi Deb – I didn’t mind turnip as a child, but I detested parsnips. It takes quite a long time to boil this tough little vegetable. Not the healthiest but a couple times a year it’s pure heaven!! I enjoyed the story about your aunt. 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