Picked up our pre-Thanksgiving feast stuff. Meijer, the one store that I was sure would have turnips in stock – was sold out. The produce guy even checked the stockroom! Always one with a “Plan B” ready, I bought a couple of rutabagas and two russet potatoes. I bumped into mashed rutabaga recipes when I searched for mashed turnip recipes, so I figured:
Turnips and rutabagas must be cousins, right?
Well, sort of! They are easier to peel, and taste like “russet potatoes with attitude.”
The recipe I’m using calls for a mixture of mashed turnips and russets, with shallots and fresh sage. Only with rutabagas standing in for the turnips. Behold this still life:
Honestly, other than what I learned about rutabagas this morning, I associate rutabagas with two things:
- Mr. Grigar, my seventh grade social studies teacher, droned on about rutabagas in a lecture once
- An old Bartles & Jaymes advertisement specifically stated that rutabagas don’t pair well with their wine coolers…or was it kohlrabi? Are those two things related? Yeah I think it was kohlrabi…meh, close enough! 😂