Rutabagas with Bacon and Onion; night duty

I can buy vegetables again !

Well…. I always could buy them, there was just no point when I had so many left in the cave from summer. Now that we have eaten the last of the winter squashes, I get to indulge in things like cauliflower and red cabbage and rutabagas.

I love rutabagas. I have no idea why, but growing up in my family rutabagas were a holiday treat. We always and only had them at Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Macaroni and cheese, on the other hand, doesn’t really interest me at all. According to everything I see / read it’s the absolute favorite / must have food of every American. In my childhood it was a Friday night nothing special / necessity because (growing up Catholic) we didn’t eat meat.

Is that how tastes are formed? I love rutabagas because they were a special treat. Mac & Cheese is nothing special because it was nothing special – almost a punishment food.

As to the ruty’s…. Bacon and onion are always a good addition.

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Rutabagas with Bacon and Onion

Rutabagas, or Swedes as they are known in some places, are a yellow turnip. You can substitute white turnips.

  • Author: Katie
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Vegetables


  • 3oz (90gr) bacon, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 tbs olive oil (if needed)
  • 1 medium – large rutabaga, (18oz, 500gr) peeled, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup (4oz, 120ml) water
  • 1 tbs butter
  • 2 tbs sherry


  • Sauté bacon in oil in a medium sauce pan.
  • When crisp remove and drain all but 1 tbs fat. 
  • Add onion and sauté until tender, about 5 minutes. 
  • Add rutabaga, 1/2 cup water and bacon. 
  • Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat and simmer 15 – 20 minutes, until done.
  • Drain any remaining liquid, stir in butter, sherry and serve.


Peel rutabagas with a vegetable peeler.
My bacon needs added oil in order to brown without sticking. If you have a lot of fat after frying the bacon, drain before adding the rutabagas.
You can substitute dry Marsala or 1 tbs white Balsamic or cider vinegar for the sherry


  • Serving Size: 1/2 recipe
  • Calories: 404
  • Sugar: 12.4 g
  • Sodium: 421.4 mg
  • Fat: 31 g
  • Saturated Fat: 10.6 g
  • Trans Fat: 0.1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 24.4 g
  • Fiber: 5.4 g
  • Protein: 8.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 45 mg

Keywords: rutabagas, bacon, onion

Rutabagas, Bacon & Onions

Another ‘forgotten’ veggie: Crisp Sautéed Sunchokes

When Guapa hears a noise outside at night she barks. Usually, it’s just a single, quiet ‘woof’, enough to let the boar or bunny know that she’s present and in charge, then she goes back to sleep.

When she needs to go outside for bodily relief (pee, poo, puke) I hear a really loud ‘woof’ followed, about 15 seconds later, by a second one.

If that doesn’t get me out of bed it becomes constant.

In the summertime I can go out with her, enjoy the cool night air and gaze at the stars.

In the wintertime I have to crawl out of my warm bed, grab a heavy robe, and go out into the freezing drizzle.

I don’t actually have to go out, I can just open the door periodically, and look, but if I’m not paying attention she can get caught up in the night smells and forget why she’s out there.

Finally, she comes in and goes to her bed. I go to my bed and we both hope we don’t have to do it again.

This morning, several hours before sunrise, we did it twice.

She then spent the rest of the morning sleeping while I went off to do the shopping.

I’m tired.

4 thoughts on “Rutabagas with Bacon and Onion; night duty”

  1. I love rutabaga! Of course, my English grandmother making pasties all the time for my Cornwall grandfather might be why. They were always included in the pasties along with the meat, turnip, potato and onion. And I gobbled them up. Still do now that we have a local who actually went to Cornwall to ‘learn how to make them the right way.’ And they are every bit as good as my grandmothers though her crust was flakier. Not supposed to be, but she could never make it tighter, it was always like pie crust.

    I’m up at 4am Monday through Friday getting hubs off to work. First thing I do is let my Murphy boy out. He’s a blue Doberman and they generally suffer from alopecia. HIs is very bad, he only has fur on his face and lower part of his legs, so I put a coat on him whenever it’s cold out. It was 8 degrees this morning. I’m stupid enough to stand in the garage door with it open, while he does his business though I too, have a coat on. And yes, when he comes in, he goes right back to sleep, but by then, I’m awake and having coffee. :/

  2. Ouch! 8 is COLD. It rarely gets below 20 here. Last night we did 3 trips outside. I think it’s plain rice today for her.
    I hate getting up when it’s dark so in the winter I usually sleep until almost 8…. then in the summer I’m up at 6. My sister loved getting up before sunrise and sitting in the dark, sipping coffee as it came up. Not for me.
    If I had to get up at 4 I would be back in bed as soon as possible.
    I would also let my hubs get his own self off to work lol

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