Savory Rutabaga Pie – Scandinavian Swede (Swedish Turnip) Pudding

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Last Updated on September 3, 2021 by Chef Mireille

Savory Rutabaga Pie is a quick and easy vegetable side dish requires only a few simple ingredients. It’s a great side dish to include in holiday meals for Thanksgiving or Christmas.

Rutabaga is not the most common vegetable here in the US, at least not in the northeast. Turnips can easily be substituted if you cannot find rutabaga, although rutabaga have a sweeter natural taste to them.

Savory Rutabaga Pie - Scandinavian Swede Pudding

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Known as a swede in most European countries where rutabaga are quite common, it is a very versatile vegetable which have a natural sweetness that make them quite a versatile vegetable. There are even dessert recipes made with the rutabaga

What is a rutabaga?

Rutabaga, aka Swede, is commonly referred to as a Swedish turnip.  Very similar to turnips, but with a sweeter taste.  They are larger than turnips so will take a longer time to cook, unless you cut them in very small pieces.  Although widely used in Norway and Sweden, rutabagas are most common in Finland, where they can be found in anything from salads and soups to a variety of side dishes.

Rutabagas are high in fiber and rich in Vitamin C and Calcium, so this is a good root vegetable to add to Chicken Soup when you are feeling under the weather.

What’s the difference between turnip and rutabaga?

Turnips have white flesh with purple and white skin, while rutabaga’s generally have a golden yellow interior with a purple and yellow skin.

Rutabaga’s have a sweeter taste, where as turnips have a spicier taste similar to radish.

In Scandinavian cuisine, you will find many similar savory pies and dense puddings made with different root vegetables like this Carrot Pudding.

This Savory Rutabaga pie is also known as Lanttu Laatikko in Finland!


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Savory Rutabaga Pie

Rutabaga Pie is a quick and easy side dish that makes a delicious addition to your holiday table. A delicious traditional Scandinavian recipe!
Prep Time1 hour
Cook Time40 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Scandinavian
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 456kcal


  • 1 large rutabaga diced
  • 3 tablespoons butter plus extra for greasing
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs beaten


  • Put the diced rutabaga in a large pan and cover generously with water.  Bring to the boil, lower the heat and simmer for about 20 minutes until tender.  Remove the pan from the heat and leave the rutabaga to cool in the water for about 30 minutes.
  • Drain well and mash the rutabaga.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  • Grease a deep, ovenproof dish with butter.
  • Pour the cream into a bowl, add the breadcrumbs, nutmeg and salt and mix together.
  • Add the beaten eggs.
  • Add the cream mixture to the mashed rutabaga and mix together.
  • Spoon the mixture into the prepared dish and dot the surface with the butter.
  • Bake in the oven for about 40 minutes until lightly browned.  Serve hot.


Turnip can be substituted for the rutabaga.


Calories: 456kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 186mg | Sodium: 919mg | Potassium: 426mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1258IU | Vitamin C: 24mg | Calcium: 145mg | Iron: 2mg
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