My house smells amazing right now because I am making baked apples and rutabaga. Again! I made this last week and I just can’t stop eating it. Apples and rutabaga are a great sweet and savory combination when they are baked together and make a delicious side dish that you can feel good about. It’s so tasty AND healthy.
Last week’s produce was the rutabaga. Healthy, packed with flavor, and a member of the important cruciferous family. I’m a little behind the game this week because I wanted to get this recipe to you last week and get a new produce post up now. This “always behind” feeling is a normal occurrence these days and I don’t do it well. Anyone else know that feeling? Every time I stop to catch my breath, life keeps on rolling right along with or without me.
For today anyway, I am simply thankful that I was able to put a nice healthy plate of food on the table because I’m not even sure I remember what I fed them last week. They certainly didn’t starve but it may have been cereal, sandwiches, and who really knows what. Oh yeah, pizza one night. Can’t complain about that one! And that day I helped my daughter make her dinner idea – I thought the cooking gene skipped her but she wanted to make turkey sausage in a cauliflower “white” sauce with a little feta served over pasta. That was a good one.
This week I intend to do better but then, we eat with friends tonight and I leave for a conference on Thursday so that’s an easy one to do when I only need to make 3 dinners to be a success story. This baked apple and rutabaga side dish will score major “good for you” points.
Baked Apples and Rutabaga
Yield 6 servings
One bite of this sweet and savory baked apple and rutabaga won't be enough. The earthy savory taste of rutabaga is enhanced by the sweetness of apples and fried onions. Perfect served with an egg sunny side up or as a dinner side.
- 4 cups cored then sliced apples*
- 4 cups thinly sliced rutabaga** ( approx. 1 med. or 1/2 large)
- 1 medium onion
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
- Preheat oven to 375.
- Put large oven safe frying pan in oven with 1 tablespoon oil for 2 minutes. I like to use a 12 inch cast iron pan.
- Thinly slice the onion during the 2 minutes then put in pan and back in the oven so the onions can soften while the oven preheats.
- While the onions cook, thinly slice the apples and rutabaga.*
- Once the oven is preheated, pull the pan from the oven and remove onions.
- Layer rutabaga in bottom of pan.
- Sprinkle 1/2 the salt and pepper over top.
- Put apples on top of rutabaga.
- Spread cooked onions across top.
- Add remainder of salt and pepper.
- Cover pan with oven safe lid or foil.
- Bake 45 minutes.
- *I use gala or empire apples
- **I use a mandoline slicer with setting 2 but you can also slice by hand.
Courses Side Dish
Serving Size 1 cup
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.