One method of cooking rutabaga involves tossing chopped rutabaga with olive oil, salt and pepper, then baking the vegetable in the oven until tender. Other ingredients such as lemon, garlic, herbs and spices may also be incorporated to add more flavor to the recipe,
Mashed rutabagas are also easy to prepare by bringing chopped rutabagas and salted water to boil and covering the saucepan and simmering until tender. After draining the water, butter, salt and pepper may be added prior to mashing the mixture to the desired consistency.
In preparing a rutabaga salad, chopped rutabagas and potatoes are steamed until tender. White wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, salt and pepper combined in a bowl make the perfect dressing; the cooked rutabagas and potatoes may then be tossed within. Once the mixture cools, sliced celery ribs and chopped celery leaves may be added. Olive oil is then stirred in, with salt and pepper added to taste.
Make rutabaga fries are possible by cutting the vegetable into sticks. After seasoning with finely-chopped rosemary, olive oil, salt and black pepper, the fries are roasted in the oven at 425 degrees Fahrenheit until golden brown and tender. The baking pan may be shook intermittently during the process to ensure the fries cook evenly.