Scalloped Rutabaga and Apples

Dessert or Vegetable?
With Cinnamon and Walnuts

Scalloped rutabaga and apples, with cinnamon and sugar, and maybe some walnuts. Is it a vegetable with fruit or a dessert with vegetables? However you use it, it’s a perfect way enjoy the bounty of Fall Too good!

I love rutabagas (like turnips but without the bite) and, as a child, one of my favorite dishes was mashed rutabagas and potatoes mixed together.

Rutabagas also pair well with apples. Served this way with cinnamon and sugar make a delicious dish.

If you want to sneak another vegetable into your family's diet without any fuss, here's an easy way to do it.

The rutabaga, or Swede as it is often known,  is a nutritious, unusual root vegetable that pairs well with apples or potaotes. It is something like a turnip, but it tends to be larger and has yellow flesh and a sweet flavor without the "bite" that turnips impart.



Try combining apples and rutabaga in this yummy, seasonal casserole.

Rutabagas, known as swedes in much of the world, are an excellent source of vitamin C, potassium, and manganese, and a good source of fiber, thiamin, vitamin B6, calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus

Scalloped Rutabaga and Apples

Filling:
1 large rutabaga
1 tablespoon butter
2 to 3 apples, or enough to make 1 1/2 cups of slices (Granny Smith or Pink Lady are good choices)
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Topping:
1/3 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons butter
Optional: Chopped walnuts

Directions:

1. Peel and coarsely chop the rutabaga. Steam until soft.

The quickest to do this is in a microwave - put the chopped rutabaga into a 1-quart casserole dish that is microwave safe. Add 2 tablespoons of water, cover, and microwave on high for about 5 minutes, stirring one time.

2. Preheat oven to 350, and grease or butter a 2-quart casserole dish.

3. Mash the cooked rutabaga, add the tablespoon of butter, incorporating it into the mashed rutabaga.

Apples:

4. Mix the cinnamon and sugar in a bowl large enough to hold all the apples. Peel and slice the apples. To prevent browning, dip the apples in a bowl of water with lemon juice added.  Add the apples to the cinnamon-sugar bowl. Toss to combine.

5. In the 2-quart casserole, layer the mashed rutabaga with the sugared apple slices, starting and ending with the rutabaga.


Apples:

4. Mix the cinnamon and sugar in a bowl large enough to hold all the apples. Peel and slice the apples. To prevent browning, dip the apples in a bowl of water with lemon juice added.  Add the apples to the cinnamon-sugar bowl. Toss to combine.

5. In the 2-quart casserole, layer the mashed rutabaga with the sugared apple slices, starting and ending with the rutabaga.

Topping:


1. To make the topping, mix flour and brown sugar.

Cut in the butter with a pastry blender, fork, or butter knives until it is crumbly. Sprinkle this over the top of the casserole.

Bake for 1 hour.

Serves 6 people.

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