Rutabagas are the star in this creamy side dish. A pinch of sugar balances the vegetable's slightly bitter taste while bacon adds smoky flavor. Serve this easy side dish for Thanksgiving. Read more about this recipe., November 2021


Credit: Andrea Mathis

Recipe Summary

20 mins
1 hr


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Heat a large heavy saucepan or pot over medium heat. Add bacon; cook until it begins to brown and the fat is rendered, about 7 minutes. Add rutabaga and 4 cups water, so that the rutabaga is covered; stir, scraping the bottom of the pan to remove any bacon remnants. Bring to a boil, lower heat to medium, cover and cook for 20 minutes. Add potatoes and the remaining 2 cups water; cover and cook until the vegetables are very tender, about 20 minutes. Drain the vegetables and reserve the bacon.

  • Place the vegetables in a food mill (or blender or food processor) and puree into a bowl. Finely mince the bacon and add to the bowl. Add sugar, salt and pepper; mix well. Transfer to a serving bowl and serve hot.


Food mill

Nutrition Facts

1 cup
140 calories; fat 3g; cholesterol 7mg; sodium 186mg; carbohydrates 24g; dietary fiber 4g; protein 5g; sugars 7g; niacin equivalents 2mg; saturated fat 1g; vitamin a iu 6IU; potassium 756mg.