shaved rutabaga with butter

When I was growing up, I was forced to eat a lot of things that I didn’t want to eat. And my parents – I probably have to blame my dad for this one – were firm believers in the clean-your-plate philosophy. I have vivid memories of swallowing stewed tomatoes whole just to get them off my plate. Other foods that I learned to swallow without chewing? Cooked carrots, Brussels sprouts, and rutabaga. And there were probably more.


Over the years, I’ve overcome my dislike for tomatoes. In fact, I adore tomatoes and would eat them with each meal if possible. I have learned to love Brussels sprouts, and they’re one of my new favorite vegetables. And, recently, I’ve learned to appreciate – and yes, even like – the rutabaga. At a recent dinner, my dad made rutabagas for a side dish, and they were delicious. Even my six year old daughter ate them, and she even wanted seconds.


When I saw a recipe for shaved rutabaga in the latest issue of Food and Wine, I just had to make it. It was delicious – tender and slightly sweet, buttery, with just a hint of black pepper. Plus, I got to play with my new mandoline. And I didn’t lose a finger doing it.



I still don’t like cooked carrots, in case you were wondering.

So, how about  you? Are there any vegetables you have had a love-hate (or hate-love or hate-hate) relationship with?


Shaved Rutabagas with Butter and Black Pepper

Very slightly adapted from Food and Wine. The recipe calls for 8 tablespoons butter and I only used 5 tablespoons.


5 tablespoons unsalted butter
Two 1-1/2 pound rutabagas - quartered, peeled, and shaved to 1/8 inch thick
Salt and freshly ground pepper


In a very large skillet, melt the butter. Add the shaved rutabagas, season with salt and pepper, and cook over moderately high heat, tossing, until tender and browned in spots - about 10-15 minutes (be sure to taste towards the end of cooking to make sure the rutabaga is to your liking). Season with pepper, toss, and serve.

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21 Responses to “shaved rutabaga with butter”

  1. 1
    Liren — March 26, 2010 @ 10:09 am

    I’m so excited that you posted this. Rutabagas get no love from me; not because I hate them, per se, I just ignore them. I will definitely try this.

    As for me and my hate-turned-loves: cilantro, tomatoes, and okra!!!

    • 1.1
      merrygourmet — March 26, 2010 @ 12:31 pm

      I forgot – I used to hate okra, too. I tend to ignore ugly foods, also, but I’m trying to get over it. 🙂

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    Kim at Rustic Garden Bistro — March 26, 2010 @ 1:03 pm

    Love rutabagas! Great sweetener in my stocks during winter months.

    I’m almost ashamed to admit that I don’t like bean sprouts. I’m Vietnamese… I should be putting bean sprouts on everything I eat, but I can’t stand the stuff. So that’s my hate-hate.

    My love-love of the week is celery leaves. Love, love, love.

    Hate-love? We’re still workin’ on that one. My mom hopes that will be bean sprouts. 😉

    Happy Friday!


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    SMITH BITES — March 26, 2010 @ 1:09 pm

    I swallowed peas whole – BUT in my defense, my mother only served the canned peas . . . can we say UHK?!!! I love frozen peas now (which is amazing that I wasn’t scarred for life) and use them to make pesto for crostini as well as pastas and risotto. By the way, have always love rutagagas – even as a kid . . . I know I’m weird!

  4. 4
    Acey — March 26, 2010 @ 1:24 pm

    Two words: Brussel Sprouts!

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    redmenace — March 26, 2010 @ 1:46 pm

    Looks fantastic! I will have to try this. I’ve never tried rutabagas before. It’s on the 2010 list, for sure.

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    tina — March 26, 2010 @ 9:01 pm

    I’ve never tried rutabaga. I’ve never known what to do with one. I’ll try your recipe though – it looks great!

    I will never eat okra!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • 6.1
      merrygourmet — March 26, 2010 @ 9:30 pm

      Tina – You mean you weren’t forced to eat rutabaga as a kid like I was? Seriously, this is a good recipe – you’ll like it.

      Redmenace – It’s a great veggie to have on your list. Enjoy!

      Smithbites – I can totally relate to the peas story. Your parents must have had great ways of preparing rutabagas to convince you early on that they are a great veggie.

      Acey – I felt the same about Brussels sprouts. It’s only been in the last year that I’ve become a Brussels convert.

      Kim – Good luck with the bean sprouts (and your mom!). 🙂

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    Mauna — March 26, 2010 @ 11:19 pm

    Believe it or not, I hated onions when I was kid. And being Indian, onions were in everything. Now, I love them. Still can’t stand okra.

  8. 8
    Macaroni Mama — March 27, 2010 @ 9:24 am

    I went to your food photos. You make food look tantalizing.

  9. 9
    merrygourmet — March 27, 2010 @ 2:49 pm

    Mauna – Okra is a tough veggie to love. Slimy insides and all that. 🙂

    Macaroni Mama – Thank you very much! Feel free to comment anytime.

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    MelodyJ — March 27, 2010 @ 10:37 pm

    I guess I’m the odd one. I love rutabaga as a kid. I just rediscovered them. I didn’t like onions. I grew to like them but I don’t want them to take over a dish. I didn’t like mustard as a kid but love it now . The spicy kind is a favorite. Thanks for the recipe!

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    merrygourmet — March 28, 2010 @ 10:45 am

    Melody – It’s funny how our tastes change as we get older. And I’m certainly glad they do. If they didn’t, my kids would grow up to eat only granola bars and yogurt.

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    Valen — March 28, 2010 @ 12:41 pm

    I think I will try this! I usually just mash or roast, but both methods take a lot of time and aren’t that delicious.

    • 12.1
      merrygourmet — March 28, 2010 @ 2:52 pm

      Valen – I hope you like it this way. I’ve never had it mashed, but that sounds sort of intriguing.

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    ghweiss — March 28, 2010 @ 3:48 pm

    I like rutabagas in theory, but sometimes they just remind me in taste and texture of overcooked cabbage. It’s a mental image more than anything at this point.

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    Trissa — March 29, 2010 @ 6:50 am

    Would you believe I have never had rutabagas? At least, now knowingly! But I am off to the US in three weeks – I’ll make sure to find some and try it.

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    Jenny — March 29, 2010 @ 6:30 pm

    This looks delicious!

    Cooked carrots are an abomination.

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    merrygourmet — March 29, 2010 @ 7:29 pm

    ghweiss – It’s hard to overcome those mental hang-ups we have about food. I can relate.

    Trissa – You must try some! Have a good trip, by the way.

    Jenny – I am SO with you on the carrots issue.

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    Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite — April 2, 2010 @ 2:32 pm

    Well you know, you had me at butter! Not a fan of the rutabaga but perhaps with this recipe….

    • 17.1
      merrygourmet — April 2, 2010 @ 2:54 pm

      Butter can make almost anything better. Just not cooked carrots.

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