Mashed Turnips

My family has been making this side dish for Thanksgiving for as long as I can remember. It takes a few hours in a large pot on the stove, but the heavenly root vegetable smell is now a festive holiday scent to me.

This is a great side dish for any winter holiday meal–and it’s all veggie! Just be sure you have enough time to make it because it can take awhile.

You’ll find these veggies labeled “rutabaga” in American and Canadian stores, and “swede” in England, Wales and Australia. It’s also known as the “Swedish turnip” or “yellow turnip” (which might explain the bright yellow/orange color of the dish). Rutabagas are thought to have descended from a cross between a wild cabbage and a regular turnip. They’re pretty tough, and require a long cooking time in order to soften and be mashable.

In my family we always just called them turnips.

Ingredients (serves about eight)

About 10 rutabagas (Aka turnips), depending on size, peeled and chopped

1/2 to 1 cup vegan margarine


1. Peel and chop the turnips into small, 1 to 2 inch pieces

2. Put the turnip pieces in a large pot. Fill with water, about inches over the top of the turnips. Bring to a boil on the stove. Set to medium-low and let simmer about 2 hours, covered. To let some air in for ventilation and avoid boiling over, use a wooden clothespin clipped between the pot and the lid.

3. Test a few pieces with a fork. If they are mashable, then the turnips are finished cooking.

4. Pour any extra water out of the pot carefully.

5. Using an egg beater, electric mixer or masher, mash the turnips. You probably don’t need to add any water because the vegetable retains its own moisture. Add the margarine and continue mashing until soft, like the picture.

6. Serve hot with vegan margarine or salt and enjoy!


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Categories: Season: Fall, Season: Winter, Side dish


Became a voracious, unapologetic bookworm in 4th grade after reading the first three Harry Potter books. Have a thing for dystopias, young adult novels, classic literature and funny memoirs (re: Mindy Kaling / Tina Fey). English and journalism geek, media and pop culture critic, food writer and blogger, editor of an entertainment magazine. Hobbies include: my Netflix account, cooking, gardening, music, art and hiking.


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