Mashed Potatoes and Rutabaga with Lemon

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 1 hr
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Cook: 40 min
  • Yield: 8 servings
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2 pounds rutabaga (yellow turnip), peeled and cut into 2- inch pieces

2 pounds Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and quartered

12 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature

1 1/2 cups half-and-half, warmed

 Kosher salt

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

1 1/2 tablespoons finely grated lemon zest

8 scallions, white and green parts, chopped, plus extra, whole, for garnish

1/3 cup finely chopped fresh parsley

1 1/2 cups fresh, unseasoned breadcrumbs


  1. Cover the rutabaga and potatoes with cold, generously salted water in a large pot and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat and simmer until the vegetables are fork-tender, about 30 minutes. 
  2. Drain the vegetables and return to the pot over low heat. Stir in 8 tablespoons butter. Mash with a potato masher, ricer or food mill until smooth, adding the warm half-and-half and 2 teaspoons salt. Keep warm while preparing breadcrumbs. 
  3. Melt the remaining 4 tablespoons butter with the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the lemon zest and scallions. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add the parsley and breadcrumbs and cook over medium-low heat, stirring until evenly toasted, 3 to 4 more minutes. (If the breadcrumbs toast too quickly, reduce the heat.)
  4. Transfer the mashed vegetables to a large shallow platter and sprinkle with the breadcrumbs just before serving. Garnish with scallion slices. (To curl them, julienne whole scallions and place in ice water.)