How To Make a Delicious Apple and Rutabaga Casserole

I picked up some rutabagas at our local farmer’s market recently. The rutabaga is something like a turnip, but it tends to be larger, it has yellow flesh and a sweet flavor without the “bite” that turnips impart. I remember I hated turnips when I was a kid but our tastes change when we grow up so we decided to try them! This nutritious, unusual root vegetable pairs well with apples so here’s how to make a delicious apple and rutabaga casserole with cinnamon and a sweet crumble topping.

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How To Make a Delicious Apple and Rutabaga Casserole

Serving Size: 6


  • 1 large rutabaga
  • 3 tablespoons butter (divided)
  • 2 to 3 apples, or enough to make 1 1/2 cups of slices (Mac, Spartan or Pink Lady are good choices)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (divided)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup whole wheat pastry flour


  1. Peel and coarsely chop the rutabaga, place in a pan, cover with water and cook until soft.
  2. Next make the topping, mix flour and 1/4 cup brown sugar. Cut in 2 tablespoons butter with a pastry blender, fork, or butter knives until it is crumbly. Set aside for later.
  3. Preheat oven to 350, and grease a 2-quart casserole dish.
  4. Drain and mash the cooked rutabaga and add the tablespoon of butter, incorporating it into the mashed rutabaga.
  5. Peel and slice the apples. Put them in a bowl and add the remaining 1/4 brown sugar and the cinnamon. Toss to combine.
  6. In the 2-quart casserole, layer the mashed rutabaga with the sugared apple slices, starting and ending with the rutabaga.
  7. Cover with prepared toping and bake for 1 hour.

This recipe will be featured in our upcoming apple recipes, tips and ideas series, please visit again to see more apple goodness soon.

How do you like your rutabagas? Have you tried them?

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