Rutabaga Pesto Recipe

INSPIRED BY SWEDEN

rutabaga pesto inspired by Sweden
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sweet buns made with rutabaga pesto inspired by Sweden
swedish tuna balls made with rutabaga pesto inspired by Sweden

Rutabaga comes from the Swedish dialect and means short root. A cross between turnip and cabbage, this root vegetable is commonly called swede because it was first raised during the late Middle Ages in this Scandinavian nation, where citizens are also referred to as swedes.

Another name for rutabaga is Swedish turnip, indicating not only the root’s origin but also that Swedish people are some of the only frequent eaters of rutabaga.

rutabaga pesto inspired by Sweden
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Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

2 cups cubed rutabaga, cooked in 1 tablespoon olive oil for 15 minutes

1 medium golden delicious apple, chopped

2 tablespoons fresh rosemary

1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 cup water

Directions

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a food processor. Blend until the desired consistency forms.

  2. If using a mortar and pestle, mash the rutabaga, apple, and rosemary until smooth. Mix in the remaining ingredients. Mash until the desired consistency forms.

  3. Store pesto in an airtight container or jar in the refrigerator for up to one week. Use throughout the week in the next two recipes. Pesto can last in an airtight container in the freezer for up to six months.

Uses

sweet buns made with rutabaga pesto inspired by Sweden

Sweet Buns

Kanelbullar, a popular bakery item in Sweden, are cinnamon buns made with a cardamom dough, orange flavoring, and crunchy sugar. They’re not usually overly sweet despite their English name.

swedish tuna balls made with rutabaga pesto inspired by Sweden

Swedish Tuna Balls

Smörgåsbord is a Swedish culinary tradition that includes köttbullar. These Swedish meatballs are made with ground meat and herbs, but swedes also eat fish balls called fiskbullar. With a coastline about 2,000 miles long, fish and the process of preserving fish are traditions in Swedish culture.