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Sweet Potato and Rutabaga Mash

Sweet Potato and Rutabaga Mash

Mashed sweet potatoes are a staple Fall food, and they’re even better once you figure out that they don’t actually need a topping of brown sugar and marshmallow fluff. But even without all the extra sugar, mashed sweet potatoes can be very densely sweet, and sometimes the flavor is better if you add a little more savory to the mix. That’s what’s going on here: the rutabaga helps to balance the sweetness and tip the final creation a little more to the rooty/savory side.

And then, of course, there’s the butter. This is Paleo; no skimping on the butter allowed! If you’re sensitive to lactose, ghee is another option, and olive oil would also be fine if dairy is completely out of the question.

The preparation is basically the same as any mashed root vegetable: boil, mash with fat and spices, and stir. A sprinkle of paprika and a little fresh parsley on top bring out the light-orange color, and an extra drizzle of olive oil or butter on top would make the whole thing look very elegant. Give it a try as a holiday side or just for yourself after a long, cold day.

Sweet Potato and Rutabaga Mash Recipe

Servings SERVES: 4Preparation time PREP: 15 min.Cooking time COOK: 20 min.

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Ingredients

  • 4 sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed;
  • 1 rutabaga, peeled and chopped;
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder;
  • 1 tsp. onion powder;
  • 2 tbsp. butter, ghee, or olive oil;
  • 1 tsp. paprika;
  • 2 tbsp. fresh parsley, minced;
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper;
Mash preparation

Preparation

  1. Fill a large saucepan with water and bring to a boil.
  2. Carefully add the rutabaga and cook 5 to 6 minutes.
  3. Add the sweet potato and cook for another 10 to 15 minutes, until both vegetables are able to be pierced with a knife.
  4. Drain the water from the saucepan, and add the butter (or ghee, or olive oil).
  5. Mash the potato and rutabaga with a potato masher or hand mixer.
  6. Sprinkle with garlic powder, onion powder, and salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Give everything a good stir, and serve with fresh parsley on top.