Rutabaga is an unloved vegetable. It usually lives on the bottom shelf in the produce department, with the other odd veggies like jicama and diakon radishes. I don’t see of lot of rutabaga recipes popping up on cooking websites. In fact, when I mentioned to a friend that I had made a tasty rutabaga dish, she said she wasn’t sure she could pick out a rutabaga from a veggie line up.
Here’s a photograph, in case you every have to.
I get it. Raw rutabaga is a little bitter and doesn’t smell that great, like brussels sprouts. And although I adore brussels spouts, I understand why my niece wouldn’t eat one even if it meant she could meet Robert Pattinson.
But, like brussels sprouts, rutabagas are delicious when cooked. In this recipe, this maligned vegetable becomes slightly sweet and incredibly tasty. Or perhaps it’s just that sausage is delicious and the fish sauce gives the dish a deep, interesting flavor. Try it and decide for yourself.
If you like it, post to comments and share the rutabaga love.
Rutabaga and Sausage Delish
Rutabaga, 1 medium
Coconut oil, 3 table spoons
Onion, 1 medium, chopped
Sausage links, 3 links approximately 6 inches long (like the ones in the meat department at Whole Foods.)
Fish sauce, 2-3 tablespoons (There’s a brand called Red Boat that is free of any sugars or additives. Just anchovies and water. I would suggest using that.)
Salt ¾ teaspoon
Pepper to taste
- Add coconut oil and chopped onion to pan. Saute over medium/low heat until onion is soft and slightly brown, about 15 minutes.
- While onion is cooking, cut each sausage into bite size pieces.
- Peel the rutabaga. Cut the rutabag in half then slice each half thinly to create half circles. Then lie half circles flat and cut into strips.
- After the onions have browned, add sausage, rutabaga, salt and pepper. Add 2 tablespoons of water and cover.
- Cook for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add more water if needed to prevent burning.
- Add fish sauce and stir until mixed in.
- Push mixture to sides of pan to create a round empty circle in the middle of the pan.
- Crack two eggs into empty spot on pan. Stir pretty much constantly until the eggs are cooked.
- Mix scrambled eggs into mixture. Serve hot.