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dickestep

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Rutabagas vs Turnips. Am I missing good food? Wed, 03/28/07 9:44 PM (permalink)
In our "Listen up, Turnip Gourmets!" thread http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=18956 I expounded on my lifelong love and devotion for turnip roots. Rutabagas were mentioned in comparison to turnips.
I have a confession to make, folks. I am into my sixth decade of existence on this green Earth, and if I ever slapped a lip over a Rutabaga I don't recall it. I've always walked right past them at the produce stand and bought the turnips I was raised on, or bought seeds and raised turnips myself. If I've been missing out on something good all this time, please enlighten me.
 
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    iqdiva

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    RE: Rutabagas vs Turnips. Am I missing good food? Wed, 03/28/07 9:56 PM (permalink)
    You sure have Dickestep! The best greens in the world are rutabaga tops! You cook the roots with the greens like turnip roots.You can also add rutabaga to stews and soups.Or,pan-braise them with bacon grease,onion,salt and pepper and a little sugar.I also oven roast them with honey and butter.One other way is to cook the cubed rutabaga and apples or pears in apple juice or cider,salt,pepper and sugar.Then mash with butter,a little heavy cream and freshly grated nutmeg.
     
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      dickestep

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      RE: Rutabagas vs Turnips. Am I missing good food? Wed, 03/28/07 10:38 PM (permalink)
      quote:
      Originally posted by iqdiva

      You sure have Dickestep! The best greens in the world are rutabaga tops! You cook the roots with the greens like turnip roots.You can also add rutabaga to stews and soups.Or,pan-braise them with bacon grease,onion,salt and pepper and a little sugar.I also oven roast them with honey and butter.One other way is to cook the cubed rutabaga and apples or pears in apple juice or cider,salt,pepper and sugar.Then mash with butter,a little heavy cream and freshly grated nutmeg.

      Well, if that don't beat all. Thank you, Iqdiva. I've always thought I was liberal in my eating habits, and I've had at least a taste of most of the animals that tried to eat me first. I reckon I'm going to have to buy or hunt down some of those rutabagas and see what they taste like.
       
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        RE: Rutabagas vs Turnips. Am I missing good food? Wed, 03/28/07 10:52 PM (permalink)
        Dickestep,we start our rutabaga seed in our gardens in late July.If you have a garden,try growing some this year.They are wonderful!
         
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          RE: Rutabagas vs Turnips. Am I missing good food? Wed, 03/28/07 11:08 PM (permalink)
          quote:
          Originally posted by iqdiva

          Dickestep,we start our rutabaga seed in our gardens in late July.If you have a garden,try growing some this year.They are wonderful!

          Thank you much, my planting time should be close to yours. Unfortunately, I haven't been doing my normal gardening the last several years. Life has thrown too many issues this direction. I did do my volunteer crop of turnips one year. You know, when you mow, then broadcast seed, and see how many volunteer to grow?
          That ground should grow anything as many horses, miniature horses, mules, and maverick calves as we raised there. I'll either sow some rutabaga seed this year, or corral some at the grocery to try.
           
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            RE: Rutabagas vs Turnips. Am I missing good food? Wed, 03/28/07 11:31 PM (permalink)
            I had to laugh when I saw rutabaga...Whenever I asked what was for dinner when I was young,my dad would yell"Rutabagas".I thought the name was horrible and turned up my nose(We never had them) Although one day my Mom made them(without my knowledge-I always ate my vegetables)having parboiled them and then frying them in a pan with butter,salt and pepper.I loved them!!!!
             
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              RE: Rutabagas vs Turnips. Am I missing good food? Wed, 03/28/07 11:41 PM (permalink)
              quote:
              Originally posted by annpeeples

              I had to laugh when I saw rutabaga...Whenever I asked what was for dinner when I was young,my dad would yell"Rutabagas".I thought the name was horrible and turned up my nose(We never had them) Although one day my Mom made them(without my knowledge-I always ate my vegetables)having parboiled them and then frying them in a pan with butter,salt and pepper.I loved them!!!!

              Ha ha ha ha ha! That's wonderful, Ann. I had similar tricks I played on my children as most parents do, I suppose. I'm glad you liked them, when you were finally exposed to them.
               
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                RE: Rutabagas vs Turnips. Am I missing good food? Wed, 03/28/07 11:51 PM (permalink)
                I like rutabaga's mashed with onions, in turkey pot pie, in a pot roast and this dish my grandmother use to make. Had rice, carrots, rutabagas, brown sugar and evaporated milk in it. Can't recall just how she made it but it sure was comfort food when I visited. I only remembered the pet milk and brown sugar cause I'd beg for a cup of coffee with both in it lol
                 
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                  RE: Rutabagas vs Turnips. Am I missing good food? Thu, 03/29/07 2:22 AM (permalink)
                  quote:
                  Originally posted by BhamBabe

                  I like rutabaga's mashed with onions, in turkey pot pie, in a pot roast and this dish my grandmother use to make. Had rice, carrots, rutabagas, brown sugar and evaporated milk in it. Can't recall just how she made it but it sure was comfort food when I visited. I only remembered the pet milk and brown sugar cause I'd beg for a cup of coffee with both in it lol

                  BhamBabe, that's awesome those rutabagas are so versatile, and I've never tasted them. Even the down home cafes I've had greens in seem to have held with turnip, mustard, and collard.
                   
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                    RE: Rutabagas vs Turnips. Am I missing good food? Thu, 03/29/07 8:18 AM (permalink)
                    Corned beef and cabbage in South Boston is made with rutabagas instead of turnips. I worked as a chef (briefly) in an Irish pub and it was always rutabagas with corned beef. Actually, this was my favorite vegetable of the entire meal......forget the carrots and onions and spuds and bring on the rutabagas and sliced corned beef!
                     
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                      RE: Rutabagas vs Turnips. Am I missing good food? Thu, 03/29/07 8:58 AM (permalink)
                      quote:
                      Originally posted by lleechef

                      Corned beef and cabbage in South Boston is made with rutabagas instead of turnips. I worked as a chef (briefly) in an Irish pub and it was always rutabagas with corned beef. Actually, this was my favorite vegetable of the entire meal......forget the carrots and onions and spuds and bring on the rutabagas and sliced corned beef!

                      That's a great recommendation, Pard. I normally do cabbage with my corned beef, but these sound like a good veggie for it. Thank you.
                       
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                        RE: Rutabagas vs Turnips. Am I missing good food? Thu, 03/29/07 12:32 PM (permalink)
                        Growing up in Southern New England, the terms "turnip" and "rutabaga" were frequently interchanged. I'm still not sure I know the difference. I know (I think) that a white, purple-top is a turnip, but there are also yellow turnips (the kind that Eastham on Cape Cod was famous for). Is there a difference between yellow turnips and rutabagas?
                         
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                          RE: Rutabagas vs Turnips. Am I missing good food? Thu, 03/29/07 1:25 PM (permalink)
                          quote:
                          Originally posted by Ashphalt

                          Growing up in Southern New England, the terms "turnip" and "rutabaga" were frequently interchanged. I'm still not sure I know the difference. I know (I think) that a white, purple-top is a turnip, but there are also yellow turnips (the kind that Eastham on Cape Cod was famous for). Is there a difference between yellow turnips and rutabagas?
                          Yes, there are several types and colors of turnips. The flesh of the rutabaga is usually said to be more yellow. I've heard there is also some confusion between our terms and those in Europe. I've also seen explanations rutabagas are called "swedes" in most of Europe.
                           
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                            RE: Rutabagas vs Turnips. Am I missing good food? Thu, 03/29/07 6:53 PM (permalink)
                             
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                              dickestep

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                              RE: Rutabagas vs Turnips. Am I missing good food? Thu, 03/29/07 7:16 PM (permalink)
                              quote:
                              Originally posted by Adjudicator

                              http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=10789

                              Thank you, Adjudicator. I love your treatment of yellow summer squash and onions on that thread, too!
                               
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                                RE: Rutabagas vs Turnips. Am I missing good food? Thu, 03/29/07 11:04 PM (permalink)
                                Dick, I always cook em with my pot roasts, cut them in 1/8th chunks and cook with the other veggies. Love 'em.
                                 
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                                  RE: Rutabagas vs Turnips. Am I missing good food? Fri, 03/30/07 10:58 AM (permalink)
                                  quote:
                                  Originally posted by MikeS.

                                  Dick, I always cook em with my pot roasts, cut them in 1/8th chunks and cook with the other veggies. Love 'em.
                                  I'm going to pick some up and try them, the next time I'm at a store, Mike. It appears I may have been missing out.
                                   
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                                    RE: Rutabagas vs Turnips. Am I missing good food? Fri, 03/30/07 11:04 AM (permalink)
                                    Mike's right Dickestep.They are wonderful cooked with beef or pork roasts.I do that often.My friend you have definitely been missing a great treat!
                                     
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                                      RE: Rutabagas vs Turnips. Am I missing good food? Fri, 03/30/07 11:42 AM (permalink)
                                      quote:
                                      Originally posted by iqdiva

                                      Mike's right Dickestep.They are wonderful cooked with beef or pork roasts.I do that often.My friend you have definitely been missing a great treat!
                                      I'll sure give them a try. I'll bet those things would store practically forever. The few I've handled have seemed quite sturdy.
                                       
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                                        RE: Rutabagas vs Turnips. Am I missing good food? Fri, 03/30/07 11:57 AM (permalink)

                                        Sorry I'm late here. Rutabaga is the one food that I had real trouble with as a kid. The rule in our house was try at least a small"No Thank You Helping" of everything served at the meal. There were a few things that I would take in that descriptor. For some reason (long forgotten) Rutabaga was the most unsavory of all the list. I am not a turnip fan, but can tolerate small amounts in a Boiled Ham or Corn Beef dinner with lots of other veggies to help cover it. Turnip was served as a seperate side dish with the Thanksgiving and Christmas Family dinners and a teaspoon or so would wind up on my plate...with gravy over it I could get it down easily. BUT Rutabaga has never been served in any form in my adult homestead, and since Janet had never seen nor served it in her previous life, I think I can say it won't be appearing soon.
                                         
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                                          RE: Rutabagas vs Turnips. Am I missing good food? Fri, 03/30/07 12:02 PM (permalink)
                                          I wish you could have tried it cooked "southern style" Al!
                                           
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                                            RE: Rutabagas vs Turnips. Am I missing good food? Fri, 03/30/07 12:36 PM (permalink)
                                            My grandmother raised turnips, but we preferred rutabagas. They were cooked down to mush, then further maesd like potatoes. She added salt, black pepper, red pepper, and a little bacon grease to it... GOD it was good. God bless her as she left us January of 89.



                                            Dennis in Cary
                                             
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                                              RE: Rutabagas vs Turnips. Am I missing good food? Fri, 03/30/07 1:19 PM (permalink)
                                              My "every week" rutabagas are cut-up and cooked with bacon grease,a dash of sugar,salt,pepper and a little ham hock broth.I simmer them until they're cooked "down to the seasoning".I serve it with hot pepper vinegar.
                                               
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                                                RE: Rutabagas vs Turnips. Am I missing good food? Fri, 03/30/07 9:31 PM (permalink)
                                                Rutabagas and turnips both rock HARD. Boiled and mashed with butter and salt and pepper and maybe a little bit of cream just like potatoes... nothing better!
                                                 
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                                                  RE: Rutabagas vs Turnips. Am I missing good food? Fri, 03/30/07 9:44 PM (permalink)
                                                  Strange. Most of us southern folk like creamy mashed' taters. Give us the same with rutabegas and a revolt is at hand. Kinda' like creamed parsnips.
                                                   
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                                                    RE: Rutabagas vs Turnips. Am I missing good food? Fri, 03/30/07 9:55 PM (permalink)
                                                    Adjudicator,I have made both mashed and pureed rutabagas. (Cooked in apple juice or cider with salt,pepper,and a little sugar then mashed or pureed with heavy cream and butter .)But,I prefer the Old Time Alabama Southern Style best! My "every week" rutabagas are cut-up and cooked with bacon grease,a dash of sugar,salt,pepper and a little ham hock broth.I simmer them until they're cooked "down to the seasoning".I serve it with hot pepper vinegar.
                                                     
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                                                      RE: Rutabagas vs Turnips. Am I missing good food? Fri, 03/30/07 9:57 PM (permalink)
                                                      When I mash or puree rutabagas,I also add a little freshly ground nutmeg...
                                                       
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                                                        RE: Rutabagas vs Turnips. Am I missing good food? Sat, 03/31/07 12:13 AM (permalink)
                                                        quote:
                                                        Originally posted by Al-The Mayor-Bowen


                                                        Sorry I'm late here. Rutabaga is the one food that I had real trouble with as a kid. The rule in our house was try at least a small"No Thank You Helping" of everything served at the meal. There were a few things that I would take in that descriptor. For some reason (long forgotten) Rutabaga was the most unsavory of all the list. I am not a turnip fan, but can tolerate small amounts in a Boiled Ham or Corn Beef dinner with lots of other veggies to help cover it. Turnip was served as a seperate side dish with the Thanksgiving and Christmas Family dinners and a teaspoon or so would wind up on my plate...with gravy over it I could get it down easily. BUT Rutabaga has never been served in any form in my adult homestead, and since Janet had never seen nor served it in her previous life, I think I can say it won't be appearing soon.
                                                        ROFLMFBO! But, but, but... All these other folks tell me the rutabaga is The Food of the Gods?
                                                         
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                                                          RE: Rutabagas vs Turnips. Am I missing good food? Sat, 03/31/07 12:15 AM (permalink)
                                                          It is Dickestep...It is!
                                                           
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                                                            RE: Rutabagas vs Turnips. Am I missing good food? Sat, 03/31/07 12:22 AM (permalink)
                                                            quote:
                                                            Originally posted by iqdiva

                                                            I wish you could have tried it cooked "southern style" Al!
                                                            I don't know if even you could change his mind, Iqdiva. He seems to be rather seriously anti-rutabaga.
                                                             
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