This simple and quick Mashed Swede (Rutabaga) recipe is buttery, bright, and comforting! With just 3 ingredients this side dish is so easy to make, and perfect for family dinners or special occasions. Perfect for most diets: vegan + keto + whole30 & paleo option.
Why you will love this Mashed Swede recipe
- It’s easy! There are only 3 ingredients, and it’s just like making a simplified mashed potatoes.
- It’s healthy! This Mashed Swede recipe is loaded with goodness thanks to our star, the turnip. According to Healthline, tunips are packed full of vitamin C and may help fight cancer, control blood-sugar levels, have anti-inflammatory properties and may protect against harmful bacteria. These little guys have a lot going for them! They’re also quite low carb and can be eaten in moderation on a keto diet.
- This recipe fits many diets. It’s vegan, low carb/keto, paleo, whole30, gluten-free, dairy-free, and even AIP compliant.
- It’s fast! This easy side dish recipe is ready in just 25 minutes – no time at all.
Key Ingredients for Mashed Swede
- Swede: Swede (UK) is also known as Rutabaga (US), Neep (Scotland), Turnip (Canada, Ireland) and Swedish Turnip (hence “swede”). They are quite easy to find here in the UK, but you can substitute white turnips if those are more readily available to you.
- Butter: You can use unsalted butter or a plant-based alternative. If you’re on a paleo or whole30 diet, ghee is great or refined coconut oil could work too. You could even use olive oil or avocado oil.
- Seasoning: Simple salt and pepper is all I add to my mashed swede. Sometimes the simple things in life are the best!
How to make Mashed Swede
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How to store and reheat
- Fridge: Keep Mashed rutabaga in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
- Freezer: Freeze in an airtight container or freezer bag for up to 3 months.
- From Fridge: Reheat in a pot on the stove or in the microwave until piping hot.
- From Frozen: Thaw at room temperature or in the fridge overnight and heat as above.
Swede vs. Turnip (vs. Rutabaga)
So what exactly is the difference between a Swede and a Turnip? Great question! Here are a few points to consider:
- The name: As said before, a Swede (UK) is also known as Rutabaga (US), Neep (Scotland), Turnip (Canada, Ireland) and Russian Turnip and Swedish Turnip (hence “swede”). When mentioning the name turnip in the UK and US, they’re referring to the white turnip.
- Colour: The rough outside of a swede is usually purple/green on the top and a yellow orange below, and the flesh inside is a yellow orange colour. Turnips on the other hand are a smooth, creamy white colour, sometimes with purple red at the top, and the flesh is creamy white inside.
- Size: Swedes are around 8-12 cm (3-5 inches) and turnips are around 5-8cm (2-3 inches).
- Flavour: The flavour is very similar. You can easily substitute one for the other.
What does mashed swede go with?
- Haggis, Neeps and Tatties (of course!)
- Apple and Sage Pork Loin with Crispy Pork Crackling
- Slow Roasted Leg of Lamb
- Roasted Turkey
- Sunday lunch
- Holiday dinners like Easter, Christmas and Thanksgiving
More side dishes you will love
- WHOLE30 MASHED POTATOES
- PARSNIP PUREE WITH RED CHILI FLAKES
- WHISKY SAUCE WITHOUT CREAM
- GLUTEN-FREE SCALLOPED POTATOES IN TOM KHA SAUCE
- AIR FRYER CARROTS
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- 800 g Swede/Rutabaga, peeled and diced, about 6 generous cups
- 3 tbsp unsalted butter, dairy-free butter if vegan, or ghee, coconut oil, avocado oil or olive oil if whole30/paleo
- 1 tsp salt
- ground black pepper, to taste
- Peel and dice the swede into 1" pieces, and bring a medium pot of water to boil on the stove.
- Boil the swede for 15 minutes, until easily pierced by a fork.
- Strain the swede, return to the pot and mash with salt and butter.
- Adjust seasoning to taste and serve.
Nutrition FactsServings: 6Amount per serving Calories99% Daily Value*Total Fat 6g8%Saturated Fat 3.7g18%Cholesterol 15mg5%Sodium 455mg20%Total Carbohydrate 10.8g4%Dietary Fiber 3.3g12%Total Sugars 7.5g Protein 1.7g Vitamin D 4mcg20%Calcium 65mg5%Iron 1mg4%Potassium 451mg10%
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 88Unsaturated Fat: 0g