Today I discovered my next veggie obsession: rutabagas. I picked one up yesterday while killing time in the best grocery store ever- Wegmans- it’s like our Trader Joes. Since I made another trip to Buffalo the over day I just had to stop there….and mill around for as long as possible. They are a great potato substitute so anything where you would normally eat white potatoes you bring this little guy in.
My objective was to make this recipe from Paleomg (one of my favorite) for rutabaga egg nests. It was a success, and it was delicious, but I discovered something amazing while doing it. I shredded my rutabaga in the food processor then used coconut oil for frying the nests.When taste testing the rutabagas, I discovered that shredded rutabaga fried in coconut oil tasted like….shredded coconut! Boom.
I started thinking about how I could take advantage of this. But I foresee lots of experiments with the rutabagas in the future.
My first experiment- obviously pancakes. They were more savory than sweet but after the fact I am envisioning all sorts of alternative toppings.
Coconut Rutabaga Pancakes
1 cup shredded rutabaga (I peeled mine and ran it through the shredder attachment on my food processor)
1 scant tablespoon coconut flour
1 tablespoon coconut milk
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
dash of nutmeg
2 tablespoons coconut oil or butter (Must be coconut flavored. If not, add coconut extract)
**You might want to consider adding sweetener (some stevia or honey). I didn’t because I’m currently not eating sugar or sugar substitutes.
– Put your eggs in a medium bowl and beat until mixed.
– Add scant tablespoon of coconut flour and coconut milk and mix.
-Add the cinnamon, nutmeg, S&P, and sweetener if using.
-Fold in your rutabaga until well mixed.
-Place some coconut butter on your griddle (heated to 350) and let it melt.
-Spoon about 1/4 of the mixture on top of the butter and press down with a spatula. Repeat with the remaining mix, making sure to put more oil down before each one (I made four pancakes).
– Let cook for 4-5 minutes on each side.
-I topped mine with sunbutter.
Can’t wait to make them again tomorrow. They were great, but they probably could have used that added sweetener. I could even top them with a natural made syrup to get some sweetness in. Next time!
Ate them with a side of kale
What’s the best thing you’ve made so far this weekend??