Celeriac or celeriac root as it is commonly known is a type of celery that is not grown as stalks. Instead celeriac root is grown as a root vegetable or tuber. It grows to the size of a large potato but does not hold the same amount of starch that other root vegetables hold. It has a celery flavor and the stalk like roots are often used as a garnish to the popular Bloody Mary Drink. This is somewhat of a rare vegetable and is not used as much as other root vegetables. So, having one in your possession may lead you to wonder what exactly to do with the vegetable. Well there are many options. You can eat it raw or you can use one of the following recipes to create a rare and unique meal.
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
- 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 2 Tbsp chopped parsley
- 1 lb celery root – quartered, peeled, and coarsely grated just before mixing
- 1/2 tart green apple, peeled, cored, julienned
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
Combine the mayonnaise, mustard, lemon juice and parsley in a medium-sized bowl. Fold in the celery root and apple and season with salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate until chilled, at least 1 hour.Autumn Celeriac (Celery Root) PureeServes 4
- 1 medium celeriac (about 1.25 lbs), cut into 1/2-inch pieces
- 1 small Idaho potato (about 6 oz), cut into 1-inch pieces
- Kosher salt
- 1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored, and cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 bay leaf
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Place the celeriac and potatoes in a large pot of salted, cold water. Bring to a boil. Boil for 10 minutes then add the apple. Continue to cook until all are tender, another 10-12 minutes.
- While vegetables are cooking, heat the cream, butter, and bay leaf in a small saucepan over medium heat.
- Drain the cooked vegetables and apple and return them to the hot, dry pot. Stir them over low heat for 2 minutes until they are dry. Pass ingredients through a food mill into a large bowl. Gently stir in the hot cream and butter mixture until smooth (remove the bay leaf). Alternatively, you can puree the vegetables and apple together with the cream and butter mixture in a food processor. Season puree with salt and black pepper to taste. Serve warm.
- 1 celeriac
- 1 medium onion
- 1 pint vegetable stock
- 2 tablespoons good quality olive oil
- Handful of fresh herbs (e.g. parsley, thyme leaves, sage, chives)
- 1 dried bay leaf
- Salt & pepper to taste
- 50ml double cream (optional)
- Peel the celeriac and chop into cubes. Peel the onion and slice finely.
- Heat the olive oil in a pan and add the celeriac and onion. Stir to coat with oil. Sauté gently for 10 minutes.
- Add the stock and bay leaf. Simmer over a low heat for about 30 minutes, until the celeriac is soft (this depends on the size of your cubes!).
- Remove the bay leaf and discard.
- Add the fresh herbs and then liquidise, until smooth.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Stir in the cream, if using.
Celeriac and Apple Bake Ingredients
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon honey (optional)
- Pre-heat the oven to 190 C.
- Chop the celeriac into 4 and use a sharp knife to peel the rough outside.
- Slice the quarters into 1 cm slices and boil for 10 minutes, until starting to soften.
- Wash the apples and chop them in half. Remove the cores. It’s up to you whether you peel them – you know your audience! Slice the halves into ï¿½ cm slices.
- Drain the celeriac.
- While the pan is still warm, use it to mix the olive oil and the honey. This will help melt the honey. Add the celeriac and stir well, to coat all the slices.
- Arrange a row of celeriac in an oven-proof dish. Then add a row of apple slices. Then continue to alternate, until all the celeriac and apple has been used.
- Bake for 30 minutes, until the celeriac is soft and the apples are starting to brown.
Delicious with lightly steamed green vegetables, such as broccoli or kale.
Recipes available online with other tips at:
Celery Remoulade- http://simplyrecipes.com/recipes/celery_root_salad/
Celeriac Puree- http://www.food52.com/recipes/1077_autumn_celeriac_celery_root_puree
Celeriac Soup- http://vegbox-recipes.co.uk/ingredients/celeriac.php
Celeriac and Apple Bake- http://www.vegbox-recipes.co.uk/recipes/celeriac-recipe-2.php