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Swede and Carrot Mash Buttery Comfort Food

Swede and carrot mash, a fab buttery alternative to mashed potato, the sweet earthy flavours are an ideal complement to so many dishes.

Simply boiled swede (rutabaga) and carrots are mashed up with plenty of butter to create a beautifully textured mash which is then given a lift with just a little fresh nutmeg.

Swede and carrot mash with a knob of butter in a black bowl.

Rutbaga and Carrot Mash

Let’s face it, there is just something about some mashed roots as a side dish that makes a meal feel comforting.

I already have both mashed potato, clapshot (swede and potato mash) and celeriac mash here on my site, but this is swede and carrot mash is genuinely my favourite.

Swede, rutabaga or neeps (turnip) was difficult to find in Hungary, I had to grow it at home!

Since returning to the UK I have been mainlining the stuff and this mash is a wonderful way to use up leftover swede.

This was always on the menu growing up, everywhere from school dinners to Sunday dinner at my Nan and Grandads.

It is sweet, earthy, buttery and so much more interesting than mashed potato.

I like to flavour it with thyme, bay leaf and a just little bit of fresh nutmeg.

Overhead swede and carrot mash with a knob of butter in a black bowl.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is swede called anything else?

Yes, Swede is short for Swedish turnip. If you are in Northern America (maybe Canado too?) you will know this by the name rutabaga.

If you are from Scotland and parts of Northern England you will know it as a turnip or neep. We can all argue about the”correct” name but it will serve no purpose!

The most important thing is that this vegetable is magic and we should eat much more of it.

My swede mash is lumpy is that right?

Yes! Swede and carrot contain far less starch than potatoes and as such do not create a smooth puree without a lot of work.

This is meant to have a texture and is better for it.

Can I make this in advance?

Yes, swede and carrot mash reheats wonderfully, you can make it a day in advance, cool and keep it in the fridge. Gently reheat over a low heat and add more butter.

It does not freeze too well though. The relatively high water content does something to the texture that I am not keen on.

It is edible and has all of the flavour, so freezing is possible. It is just not optimal as far as I am concerned.

Close up sausage on a for with mustard and swede and carrot mash.

Serving Suggestions

It’s a mash, swede and carrot mash but a mash nevertheless… That means it goes with, well… erm, everything!

Are you having a roast dinner? it does not matter if it is roast chicken or roast duck, this is a great side dish for it!

How about a casserole? Sausage casserole, coq au vin blanc, braised steak and onions or even pheasant casserole it’s ok this has got you!

Even if you are just searing off a steak, whether it is a pork loin steak, wild boar steak or these fab-looking leg of lamb steaks this mash is perfect.

It is pictured below with my take on a glorious Balmoral chicken.

This is so versatile, and I love it and you will too!

Scottish chicken Balmoral with whisky cream sauce, carrot & swede mash and broccoli.

Equipment Used

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  • Stovetop.
  • 20cm or 8″ saucepan.
  • Vegetable peeler.
  • Kitchen knife.
  • Weighing scales and or measuring cups and spoons.
  • Vegetable masher, do not be tempted to use a vegetable mill or potato ricer.
  • Large bowl.
Swede and carrot mash with fresh thyme served in a black bowl.
Yield: 2 Servings

Swede and Carrot Mash Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Swede and carrot mash, a real British retro alternative to mashed potato. Sweet and earther carrots and swede with a good knob of butter and a bit of fresh nutmeg, a real workhorse of a side dish perfect with everything from fish to meat!


  • 300g (~2 Cups) Swede
  • 300g (~2 Cups) Carrot
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 2 Sprigs Fresh Thyme
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1/2 Tsp Black Pepper
  • 50g (3 Tbsp + 2 Tsp) Butter
  • 1/4 Tsp Freshly Grated Nutmeg


  1. Bring a medium pan (20cm or 8") of water to the boil.
  2. Peel the carrot and swede and cut both vegetables into cubes about 1.5 cm in size. It is more important that they are both cut roughly the same size rather than the actual size.
  3. Add the salt to the water along with the diced vegetables.
  4. Add the fresh thyme and bay leaf to the swede and carrot.
  5. Simmer for 25-30 minutes.
  6. Check that the vegetables have softened enough to mash then drain and place in a large bowl.
  7. Remove the bay leaf and stems from the thyme.
  8. Add the butter and mash well.
  9. Grate in the fresh nutmeg and add the black pepper, stir and serve.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 291Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 54mgSodium: 1429mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 8gSugar: 12gProtein: 3g

Calorific details are provided by a third-party application and are to be used as indicative figures only.

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