Tired of serving up the same old mashed potatoes? This celery root puree will bring a smile to your family's face as they bite into their 'taters and get a taste of something new. Ever since I finally gave this gnarled vegetable a try, I am a huge fan. All I can say is try it, you'll like it!
Celery root, or celeriac as you may know it, is indeed the root portion of the ever so mundane celery stalk. It has some of the same flavor as celery, but the texture is completely different. In France, it is frequently served raw and shredded in a special salad known as céleri rémoulade (you can find a remoulade sauce recipe here) as well as cooked as in the celery root puree recipe given here.
In case you need extra motivation to get you to try it, here are a few quick bits of celery root nutrition:
Don't be put off by celery root's unattractive appearance. When I buy this vegetable here in France it still has mud all over it, but you may find celery root already peeled, cleaned and ready to cook. If not, don't bother trying to wash it off, you'll only end up with mud every. First cut off the root ends, then peel, then wash.
Once you have it peeled, you can shred it or cut it into chunks for cooking. You will find some parts of the root to be spongy and even hollow. Cut out these areas. Don't worry about cutting too much away, one celery root has a lot of mass.
This celery root puree is lighter and less sticky then the usual mashed potatoes. Because the potatoes are combined with the celery root, you can use a food processor to mash them. They won't become a gluey mess like potatoes by themselves. However, I highly recommend trying a stainless steel food mill to make this puree. These are very popular in France and give perfect results every time.
Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 25 min
Makes 6 servings
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