celery root

Celery Root: Dig It!

Care of Laura Wright This knobby, dirty, scraggly brute of a vegetable (also called Celeriac) is one of my favourite culinary delights of the cold weather season. Celery-like shoots emerge above the soil, while the beast-like root vegetable grows beneath the dirt. As you may probably guess, it has a detectable celery note, but also a creamy sweetness that reminds me of new potatoes. It’s dreamy as a vegetable puree or worked into soups, even slicing it up real thin and tossing it into salads brings an earthy note of freshness. Treat It Right: You can generally find celery root at farmer’s markets around this time of year at a very reasonable price point. If your local grocery store has a decent seasonal vegetable selection, it may be stocked there as well. Look for large beige-white, turnip-sized bulbs with a bunch of craters and roots near the root vegetable section. Once you get that baby home and you’re ready to cook, give it a good scrub and trim off the top and bottom ends so that you have opposing flat sides. From here, put one of the flat sides face down on the cutting board. Now you… Read More

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Roasted Celery Root with Apple Cider Reduction

Care of Laura Wright Serves: 2 Notes: If you want to make this a side dish, look for a slightly larger celery root, dice it into cubes, roast it and toss it in the reduction before serving. It should take about 15 minutes to cook at the smaller size. Celery Root: 1 small to medium celery root, peeled and sliced into 1/2 inch rounds 1 sprig of thyme, leaves removed and lightly chopped 1 tbsp grape seed oil salt and pepper Reduction: 2 cups apple cider 1 sprig of thyme 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar 1 tbsp natural sugar 2-3 black peppercorns Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. Start the reduction: Place all reduction ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil and keep at a lively simmer until reduced by two thirds. I ended up with a bit more than a 1/4 cup. Stir occasionally. Strain the mixture, pour it back into the saucepan and place it on a low burner to keep warm. Roast the celery root: toss the slices of celery root with the oil, chopped thyme, salt and pepper. Read More

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