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EATING RABBIT FOOD: CARROT RUTABAGA MASH

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March  1, 2011
Author Notes

This recipe is a comforting down-home combination of roasted sweet onions, rutabagas, and carrots. It is very simple but very pleasing. Roasting the vegetables adds great flavor bringing more depth to the already sweet roots. This makes it appealing to even the pickiest palates. That, combined with its' simplicity keeps it in my regular rotation. - Waverly —Waverly

Test Kitchen Notes

Yogi Berra once said, “It ain’t over till it’s over.” Keep that in mind when you make this delightful side dish. The pureed roasted vegetables were okay, but nothing special. Once I stirred in the butter and tarragon, however, I was stunned by how two ingredients could utterly transform a dish. Who would ever have thought that tarragon, which more typically is used in delicately flavored fish dishes and in refined sauces, would go so perfectly with this hearty, earthy combination of vegetables? I plan to adapt this, soon, to make the perfect, late-winter creamed soup. Brava, Waverly, for this brilliant, inspired recipe! —AntoniaJames

  • Serves 6-8
Ingredients
  • 3 rutabagas, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 1 large Vidalia or other sweet onion, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 4 large carrots, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3-4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons fresh tarragon leaves, chopped, plus more for garnishing
In This Recipe
Directions
  1. ROAST ROOTS: Preheat oven to 400. In a large roasting pan or baking sheet, toss rutabagas, and carrots,with enough olive oil just to coat. Roast for 10 minutes. In a small bowl, toss the onions with enough olive oil just to coat. Add the onions to the baking sheet with the other vegetables and roast until everything is browned and tender, about 10-15 minutes longer. Note: watch the onions so they don't burn.
  2. PUREE: Place roasted vegetables in a food processor. Pulse until mixture is smooth. Add butter and process just to combine.
  3. ADD SEASONING AND SERVE: Transfer puree to a serving bowl. Add tarragon. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve warm garnished with fresh tarragon.

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Waverly used to be a lawyer and is now a mother 24/7. She has made a commitment to cooking for her family and absolutely loves it even when her family does not. She is teaching them, one meal at a time, to enjoy wholesome homemade food. She abhors processed food but recognizes its insidious nature and accepts the fact that her children will occasionally get some Skittles, Doritos, or the like. Her philosophy and hope is that if she teaches them well at home, they will prefer wholesome healthy foods when they go out into the world without her.