Photo: Romulo Yanes; Styling: Claire Spollen
Hands-on Time
15 Mins
Total Time
2 Hours 25 Mins
Serves 6 (serving size: 1/2 cup)

Gently baking rutabaga preserves its subtle vegetal nuance, which would be easily ­overpowered by caramelization in a roasting scenario.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°.

Step 2

Combine 1 tablespoon thyme, coffee beans, sugar, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and garlic powder in a bowl. Place tomatoes and 1 tablespoon oil in a bowl; toss to coat. Sprinkle coffee mixture over tomatoes; toss to coat. Arrange tomatoes, cut side up, on a rack placed inside a jelly-roll pan. Bake at 350° for 1 hour and 20 minutes or until skins begin to pull away from sides of tomatoes. Remove from oven; cool slightly. Peel tomatoes; discard peels. Place tomatoes in a food processor; pulse 5 times or until chopped. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons water to loosen to saucy consistency.

Step 3

Combine rutabaga and 1/3 cup water in a 13 x 9-inch glass or ceramic baking dish. Drizzle with remaining 1 tablespoon oil; sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cover dish with foil. Bake at 350° for 50 minutes or until tender.

Step 4

Transfer hot rutabaga to a large bowl using a slotted spoon; add butter to bowl. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and remaining 1/8 teaspoon pepper; toss until butter melts. Add half of tomato sauce; toss to coat. Top servings with remaining sauce and remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons thyme leaves. Serve immediately.

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