Sunday, November 20, 2005

Dobby the Celery Root

Meet Dobby the Celery Root. Yes, I know -- only his own mother could love him. But when mashed with a little cream and butter, not only is he delicious with a little astringency reminiscent of celery, but looks appetizing enough to compete with mashed potatoes. This creamy little side dish is a perfect accompaniment for fish and lighter meats since it's not as ladenly starchy as potatoes.

Serves 4

2 large celery roots
2 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp cream
  1. Peel celery root by cutting off its bumpy skin with a knife. It's too bumpy for a vegetable peeler. Cut into 2/3 inch dice.
  2. Set a large heavy pot with butter over medium heat. When butter is melted, add celery root. Season generously with salt and mix well. Turn the heat down to medium low, cover the pot, and braise until tender stirring occasionally, about 25 minutes.
  3. Add the cream and puree with an immersion blender or in a food processor. If celery root cools too much by the time you are ready to serve it, rewarm in 375F oven.


Melissa CookingDiva said...

Celery root is one of my favorite side dishes. It is specially good for people who do not eat carbs or follow low carb diets---The only problem is that here is somehow difficult to find. I'll have to plant my own I guess :)

Anonymous said...

I also make a salad with celery root it is delish.

Cook a celery root with skin on in pot covered in water,when tender,drain and cool then peel ' then I grate it into a bowl with box grater. take a cucumber and peel then grate in to bowl with the celery root. wash and chop up some scallions
add to bowl. Make a dressing using oil and vinegar some mayonaise , salt & pepper a dash of salad supreme , mix and add to salad eat and enjoy, also if preffered chill a bit in refer. before serving.