In Alberta, turnips and rutabagas are an in-season produce during November and December. If you are interested in trying an alternative to traditional mashed potatoes, you might like this recipe.
Either turnips or rutabagas can be used. Rutabagas are sweeter than turnips. I recommend smaller turnips for this recipe due to larger ones tending to have a slightly more bitter taste.
To add variety to your mashed turnips or rutabagas, add the same types of ingredients as you would for regular potatoes such as herbs, milk or cream, dill, garlic, etc.
When using turnips as an alternative, you will quickly notice that mashed turnip looks different from mashed potatoes. They lack the fluffiness that we are used to seeing. Turnips also tend to have a nuttier, sweeter taste than potatoes.
This recipe is made without milk or cream to accommodate those who are lactose intolerant. Omit the butter and this recipe is vegan.
Yovella is a former resident of McCauley who still works and volunteers in the area.