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Golden yellow swede mash, in a bowl.
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Mashed Swede

A bowl of smooth creamy, buttery swede mash just shouts comfort food. The classic accompaniment to haggis, 'bashed neeps' are also delicious with casseroles, sausages, or roasts.
Lighter than mashed potato, they are also nutritious and delicious. This simple swede (rutabaga) mash recipe will quickly become a new favourite side dish.
Servings: 6
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins


  • 1 swede - 600–800 g
  • 2 tbsp butter - 30 g
  • 1 tbsp cream - or milk
  • salt and pepper


  • Peel the swede, quarter, and cut into 2"/5cm chunks.
  • Place the swede in a saucepan, cover with salted water, and bring to the boil. Cook for 15–18 minutes, until soft.
  • Once cooked, strain the swede in a sieve or colander. Allow to drain for a few minutes so that the swede is dry. This stops the mash becoming watery.
  • Put the swede back into the saucepan. Add butter and milk or cream. Chop the swede up with a sharp knife (this makes mashing much easier).
  • Mash the swede. For the smoothest results, use a stick blender or food processor.
  • Check seasoning, and add pepper and extra salt to taste. Top with a knob of butter and serve.


Swede mash – hints & tips 
Cut your swede into pieces of equal size, to make sure that it cooks evenly. 
Store leftovers in the fridge in a sealed container and use within four days. 
Make sure you let the cooked swede steam dry, or your mash will be watery. 
Be generous with the seasoning for a really delicious mash. Swede loves black pepper!
Make this vegan with non-dairy versions of butter and milk or cream. 
Add a generous handful of chopped herbs. Parsley is perfect. 
Add a touch of heat (or a serious kick!) by adding some cayenne/chilli powder. You could also use a little horseradish sauce or grated horseradish.  
Try adding a spoonful of a warming spice blend or curry powder. 
• Please note that the nutrition information provided below is approximate and meant as a guideline only.
• Unless stated otherwise cup conversions have been made with an online tool. For accuracy please check with your favoured conversion tool. We recommend buying inexpensive digital kitchen scales.
Calories: 85kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 48mg | Potassium: 359mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 156IU | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 1mg