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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Have You Had Rutabagas?

Has there ever been a time that you were cooking so many different things for the holiday that you forgot a dish that you really wanted to make?

How to Cook Rutabagas

I will share what happened to me. I even had my list written out and I still forgot to cook it. I wanted to cook rutabagas for Thanksgiving. How could I forget to do that. I love rutabagas. I also did research and discovered that rutabagas are definitely very nutrition and good for you.

1. What Is a Rutabaga?

Did you know that a rutabaga is a cross between a turnip and a cabbage, that it  slows the growth of cancerous tumors, it is high in fiber, boost the immune systems, is high in vitamin C, lowers the blood pressure, and does much more. This is according to Rutabagas tastes nothing like a turnip. It is a totally different taste. Now don't make the mistake that I did one day. I thought I picked up a rutabaga, but accidentally picked up a rutabagas are usually much larger than turnips too.

2. How to Cook

First you peel it with a potato peeler or what I do is boil it about 10-15 minutes then take a knife and peel the skin off easily and cut it or dice it up. Rutabagas are quite tough and really too large for my fingers. After peeling and dicing, season to taste with salt and pepper then return to boil about 60 minutes or until done. You will know it is done when it is tender and appears dark orange like a baked sweet potato.

3. History of the Rutabaga

According to Dr.Mercola the rutabaga originated in Bohemia in the 17th century as a hybrid between the turnip and wild cabbage. He even further suggests a mixture of mash rutabaga, potatoes, onions, and carrots, seasoned with butter and salt as dish in itself. I have not tried this yet, but it sounds very delightedly and good for the palate.

4. Rutabaga and Ham

Did you know that you can mix ham with rutabagas? According to diced rutabagas with diced ham is another dish. It is call southern rutabaga with ham bits. There are so many different ways that you can cook rutabagas. You can roast them or even eat them raw.

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  1. I've never tried one, but it sounds like an excellent idea, thank you!

  2. I have never heard or tried Rutabaga that I know of. Thank you for sharing this with me. I learned something new today because of you!

    Natalie A