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front view of a bowl of mashed rutabaga with fresh chives

Mashed Rutabaga

This hearty mashed rutabaga dish bursts with flavor! Serve them in place of your old mashed potatoes for a burst of unexpected flavor!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword mashed rutabaga
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 85kcal
Author savorandsavvy.com


  • 1 large rutabaga peeled and cubed
  • 2 oz cream cheese optional
  • 2 tbsp butter optional
  • dash salt
  • 4 tbsp chives chopped


  • Peel and cube the rutabaga.
    Peeled and Sliced Rutabaga cut in half
  • Heat up 2 qt pan of water and place cubed rutabaga in.
    pan filled with water and one inch cubes of sliced rutabaga
  • Bring rutabaga to boil. Cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes or until fork tender.
    boiled rutabaga ready for mashing. There is a bit of cream cheese and butter, but can be eliminated without worry
  • Drain rutabaga and add cream cheese and butter. Mash until it is the consistency you like. Add chopped up chives over the top and serve.
    top down view of two bowls of mashed rutabaga with freshly chopped chives and a pad of butter


I would not skip the chives as they add a ton of flavor that you won't want to miss. 
You can skip the cream cheese if you want to save calories and replace it with a bit of milk to make the mashed rutabaga creamy. 


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 85kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 59mg | Potassium: 309mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 248IU | Vitamin C: 25mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 1mg