My grandmother usually cooks rutabagas on the stovetop with smoked meat, so all I ever tasted was smoke. As for me, I want a rutabaga to taste like a rutabaga and this recipe does just that—with a fresh, tart cranberry sauce for an added twist!
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Butter a deep 9-by13-inch baking dish.
Add the rutabagas and shallots to the baking dish. Slice the stick of butter and distribute it over the top. Strip the leaves from 3 sprigs rosemary and sprinkle them over the top along with salt and pepper to taste. Roast until the rutabagas develop a deep golden color, about 45 minutes.
Meanwhile, combine the cranberries, granulated sugar, brown sugar, orange rind, orange juice, the remaining sprig rosemary and 3/4 cup water in a medium saucepan. Cover and cook the cranberries over medium heat until they burst, about 30 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside until ready to serve. Discard the rosemary sprig.
Remove the rutabagas from the oven. Toss to combine the ingredients and serve drizzled with the cranberry sauce.