APPLE-SAUCED RUTABAGA

2 1/2 lb. rutabagas, peeled, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
2 Tbs. butter, softened
1/2 c. heavy or whipping cream
3/4 c. Lemon-Rum Applesauce (recipe follows)
salt and freshly ground pepper

Cook the rutabagas in boiling salted water until very tender, about 30 minutes. Drain. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mash rutabagas in the butter and cream until smooth. Beat in the applesauce. Add salt and pepper to taste. Transfer the mixture to a baking dish. Bake for 15 minutes before serving.

Lemon-Rum Applesauce
2 large green apples, peeled, cored, sliced
1/2 tsp. finely slivered lemon peel
1/4 c. packed brown sugar
1/8 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 Tbs. dark rum

Cook apple slices, lemon, sugar, and cinnamon in a medium saucepan, covered, over low heat. Stir occasionally, until tender about 30 minutes. Mash until smooth. Stir in the rum and butter.

(Greene on Greens by Bert Green)

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