Mashed Rutabaga With Sherried Onions
This Mashed Rutabaga with Sherried Onions has become a new favorite. It is a sweet and creamy mash flecked with onions caramelized in sherry. The rutabaga retains a hint of bitterness which adds a depth to the dish, making it an interesting low carb stand in for the usual sweet potatoes side dishes.
Rutabagas and I are new friends. It is a vegetable that I have eaten here and there throughout my life. I have a vague memory of my mom making them… actually I just remember her saying the name “Swede”. For someone who is so into vegetables, how could I have missed this one for so long.
It wasn’t until I started eating a low-carb, keto diet that I was reintroduced to rutabagas. They are an excellent low carb alternative to potatoes and sweet potatoes. The inspiration for this dish was to make a sweet mash to replace a traditional sweet potato dish, which could still sit alongside a Whipped Cauliflower dish (standing in for mashed potatoes) at the Thanksgiving table.
The main ingredient for this dish is the rutabaga. Rutabagas are root vegetables which belong to the Brassica genus of plants. They are commonly referred to as a cross between a turnip and a cabbage. Rutabagas are often called “Swedes” or “Swedish Turnips”. They are similar in consistency to potatoes with an interesting sweetness.
Rutabagas are very nutritious and low in calories, not to mention low in net carbs which makes them a great root vegetable for a low carb, keto diet. They are an excellent source of antioxidants, specifically Vitamin C and E. Rutabagas also contain high amounts of glucosinolates, which are compounds with antioxidant properties. They have been shown to reduce inflammation and potentially even your risk of heart disease and cancer.
Rutabagas are also an excellent source of fiber, which is why they are so well suited to a low carb, keto diet. Fiber is an essential component for a healthy diet. It feeds the good bacteria in your gut. As we are growing increasingly aware, your gut health is one of the most important factors in your overall health and well being. A healthy gut not only feeds your cells, but contributes to your immunity, warding off viruses and bacteria. It also communicates with your brain through your nerves and hormones, playing a large part in your general health, mood, and sense of well being.
To bring out the sweetness in the rutabagas, I added onions slow cooked in sherry, followed by a touch of butter and heavy cream.
- Place rutabaga in a large pot of salted water and bring to a boil.
- Boil until tender, about 30 minutes.
- While rutabaga is cooking, add 1 tbs. of butter to a skillet on medium heat. When melted, add onions to skillet and sauté until beginning to soften.
- Add sherry and continue to cook, allowing the onions to absorb and cook off the sherry. The heat should be medium-low. The onions do not want to brown, but instead soften and caramelize slightly.
- When rutabaga is ready, drain and return to pot.
- Mash and stir in the remaining butter. Add heavy cream, 1 tablespoon at a time to achieve a smooth, slightly creamy texture. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Stir in 2/3 of the sherried onions to incorporate.
- Put mashed rutabaga in a serving bowl, top with remaining onions.
This Mashed Rutabaga With Sherried Onions is a delicious, sweet, rich, and creamy side dish, perfect for a fall or winter meal, and for the low carb, keto Thanksgiving table. It has quickly become a favorite around here, this and the Cranberry Sauce With Red Wine, Walnuts, And Orange.
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How To Make: Mashed Rutabaga With Sherried Onions
|2 - 3 Lbs. Rutabaga, Peeled & Chopped
|1 Large Yellow Onion
|2 Tbsp. Sherry
|3 Tbsp. Unsalted Butter
|2 Tbsp. Heavy Cream