Buttery Carrots and Rutabagas
This is a great side dish any time, but particularly appropriate during the winter months and especially for the Holiday table. People will love it; just tell them it's carrots.
- The process is a lot like preparing mashed potatoes. Wash and peel the carrots (or don't peel, if that's your style), and cut into one-inch chunks. Peel the rutabaga (see below), and cut into one-inch chunks.
- Put the vegetables and 1 teaspoon salt in a large saucepan with enough water to cover. Put a lid on the pan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Lower heat and simmer 30 to 40 minutes until carrots and rutabaga pieces are fork tender. Drain well, leaving the vegetables in the saucepan.
- Add the butter, in pieces, to the hot, drained vegetables and return the lid to the pan. While you're doing something else, the butter will melt.
- Once the butter is melted, add several generous grinds of fresh black pepper to the vegetables. You can either roughly mash them together with a potato masher, or just stir briskly with a stout spoon. Taste, and adjust salt and pepper, if necessary.
- Makes about 10 servings.
How to Peel a Rutabaga
Peeling a rutabaga can be a challenge. They are very hard and dense. You will need a sharp knife. They cannot be peeled like potatoes, and what you'll be cutting off is about a quarter inch of the outside surface. Just start in one spot and keep at it until all you can see is the golden flesh of the rutabaga. To cut it in chunks, first cut it in half with your largest, heaviest knife, and then work from there.
Prep time: 20 minutes minutes; Cooking time: 30 minutes; Total time: 50 minutes
Recipe editor Patricia Mitchell