7 Swede Recipes to prove it’s not a boring vegetable

(Last Updated On: 18 November 2020)

The humble swede is one heck of a versatile vegetable, you know! Today, we’re going to go through a whole bunch of Swede Recipes (or Rutabaga Recipes, if you’re reading in the US).

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Today we’re doing a deep dive on the Swede, Rutabaga, or Neeps depending on where you are in the world, so let’s dive in, shall we?

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What is a swede?

The Swede belongs to the same family as the cabbage and the turnip. In fact, it’s a cross between the two. It’s a root vegetable and also goes by the name rutabaga, neeps or the Swedish turnip. It’s quite often confused with the turnip, even though they look fairly different.

In the UK, swede is in season from September until November. You will find some of the early harvests during July and August though. To prolong the life of their crop, farmers leave the hardy root vegetable in the ground until they’re needed for dispatch to the supermarket, greengrocer or fruit and vegetable supplier.

Is swede good for you?

The swede is a great, lower-calorie option to the potato, and is high in Vitamin A and C. This means is great for eyesight, the immune system and improving bone and organ function.

7 Awesome Rutabaga Recipes to try today

Zucchini + Rutabaga Fritters

… or Courgette and Swede Fritters if you’re reading in the UK. This recipe from Daniela over at Calm Eats take grated courgettes and swede, alongside a bunch of spices and dill (a hero of a herb IMO) and turns them into these absolutely GORGEOUS, golden crispy fritters. They’re served with a dill, mustard mayo – extra points for the extra dill, obvz.

Rutabaga Fritters
Zucchini Rutabaga Fritters
Rutabaga gives zucchini fritters a makeover in a most delicious form!
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Rutabaga Fritters

Swede Steak

This is one of my own from here on The Accidental Chef. Smokey and caramelised on the outside, and tender and juicy when you cut into it, this Swede Steak is a seasonal wonder. The steak is served on top of a super quick and tasty butter bean puree, and alongside a Vegan steak sauce packed full of flavour.

Above shot of three white plates, each with a slightly yellow butter bean puree. The plates are arranged in a triangular shape, on top of the butter bean puree are slightly charred roast swede steaks, about an inch thick. A vibrant orange tea towel runs diagonally between two of the plates.
Swede Steak
This caramelised, soft and butter-like Swede, sat atop star anise infused butter bean puree is absolutely divine with an abridged version of my Everything Steak Sauce (check notes for the changes to that.)
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Above shot of three white plates, each with a slightly yellow butter bean puree. The plates are arranged in a triangular shape, on top of the butter bean puree are slightly charred roast swede steaks, about an inch thick. A vibrant orange tea towel runs diagonally between two of the plates. Steak Sauce is drizzled over the top of the Swede Steaks.

Herbed Carrot & Swede Mash

A CLASSIC! THE OG SWEDE RECIPE! Lizzie over at It’s a Veg World After All is a registered dietitian, so y’all better listen to what she has to say! Super buttery and sweet Swede & Carrot was a staple on our Sunday dinner table growing up. It’s super nutritious, and this one is WAY more orange than the one I used to get as a kid. Lizza recommends using a blender to get the perfect smoothness if not, a good old fashioned potato masher will suffice.

Swede and Carrot Mash
Herbed Carrot and Swede Mash
Carrot and Swede mash is a vibrant, seasonal dish that’s delicious and nutritious. This side is easy to prep and great for almost any meal.
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Swede and Carrot Mash

Haggis, Neeps and Tatties (with Whisky Sauce)

I literally just said that the OG swede recipe was carrot & swede mash, the people of Scotland will want my head on a stick if they see that. Christina is a Scottish Italian living out in LA, and has only gone and made the Burn’s Night staple all fancy! This stack is comprised of haggis, swede and topped with potato before being drowned in a whisky sauce. Stick a tartan flag in it, and send it my way. I’m READY.

Haggis, Neeps and Tatties
Haggis, Neeps and Tatties Stack with Whisky Sauce
One of Scotland’s most iconic dishes, this haggis stack is much more appealing than many other ways that haggis, neeps and tatties can be served. The whisky sauce makes it extra delicious!
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Haggis, Neeps and Tatties

Swede & Chipotle Soup

Another one from me now! A soup with a big KICK of heat from a couple of dried chipotles, although that can be dialled back if it’s not to your fancy. This is a delicious, no thrills soup and takes the Swede and pops it front and centre in this buttery soup. Needless to say, you should chow down on it with loads, and loads of heavily buttered bread.

Three bowls of deep yellow swede soup, set on top of an orange linen. In the top right corner there is a slice baguette and a circular white ramekin full of butter.
Swede Soup
This Swede Soup is a proper warmer, and has a bit hit of spice from the chipotles. If you're not a fan of spice, drop one of the chillis for more of a smokeyness than a spiciness.
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Three bowls of deep yellow swede soup, set on top of an orange linen. In the top right corner there is a slice baguette and a circular white ramekin full of butter.

Rutabaga, Bacon & Date Stuffing

If you’ve spent any time on my blog, you’ll know that Sunday roasts are my favourite time of the week. Thus, this stuffing from Caroline at Caroline’s Cooking, absolutely HAD to be on this list. I’m hoping the inclusion of this stuffing helps me get an invite to Caroline’s for Christmas as they apparently have MULTIPLE STUFFINGS TO CHOOSE FROM?!?! Take me there!

Rutabaga, Data and Bacon Stuffing
Rutabaga, Bacon & Date Stuffing
This tasty rutabaga, date and bacon stuffing is not your average dry, bread-heavy affair. It has a lovely mix of sweet and savory flavors, is juicy and rich, and the perfect accompaniment to a festive dinner.
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Rutabaga, Data and Bacon Stuffing

Rutabaga Noodle with Tahini Sauce & Cashew Crumble

Last but by no means least in this epic list of swede recipes, we head back over to Calm Eats and Daniela, for this wonderful rutabaga noodle situation. I’ve been working on a swoodle (swede noodle) number myself, so maybe Daniela and myself can compare notes. This speedy dish is gluten-free, paleo, vegan and dairy-free. It looks absolutely divine too, be aware you’ll need a spiraliser to complete this one.

Rutabaga Noodles with Tahini Sauce and Cashew Crumble
A simple and delicious vegan and paleo dish that’s quick to make and satisfying!
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I’ve had an absolute blast putting together my first recipe roundup for you. I hope we’ve proved across these 7 recipes that the unglamorous swede is more than capable of becoming the star of the show.

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If you’ve enjoyed this roundup (or have absolutely hated it), please let me know in the comments section below. I love hearing from you all. Using Pinterest? There’s a pin, up the top there, just for you to pin. to your favourite boards. Maybe you can start a whole, damn Swede board now? If you’re making these Rutabaga Recipes, I can guarantee the other bloggers featured would absolutely love to hear from you too.

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