Celeriac The Ugly One
Probably close to being one of the worlds ugliest root vegetables. Would you dare to pick one of those weird looking root vegetables of the shelve. What would you do with it once you got it home into your kitchen, make sure its dead and start. If I am honest it wasn’t until recently that I had actually tried celeriac and it was a good friend who asked me to cook it. This was for one of our big Saturday nights in. We have these regular basis and I always try to cook something different. As we have 3 kids (and a boxer) its not always easy to get a babysitter so our understanding friends come to us. An even better use is my Celeriac And Turnip Gratin Recipe.
What Does Celeriac Taste Like
A very good question, well celeriac tastes a little like celery but nuttier. I also liken it to fennel, a hint of aniseed background flavour.
How do you Cook Celeriac
Celeriac can be cooked in the same way as any other root vegetables. Boil, roast, sauté’ and braise. Once you have tried a celeriac recipe you will be hooked.
My First Celeriac Recipe
So back to my big night in, what was I going to do with this thing in my kitchen. I decided that a puree would be good so the internet I did seek. Nothing appealed to me so improvisation was needed, after all its just a root veg. So I cut it into chunks and then placed in salted boiling water until tender. I then drained the celeriac and placed in a blender, seasoned with salt & pepper. At this point it was a little dry and rough in texture so to the fridge I went. Adding a little cream until the mixture became smooth and silky. The nutty flavour I really enjoyed so to enhance it a little more I gave a few dashes of sesame oil.
As I was a little nervous about cooking celeriac for the first time so I had cooked this early in the morning in case of any disasters. The next step was to remove it from the blender into a clean saucepan with another splash of cream and a knob of butter. I added the extra liquid to the celeriac as reheating later would obviously draw out some of the moisture. Yes it was fantastic, the friends thought it was fab and even the wife enjoyed it.
Celeriac And Turnip Gratin Recipe
The resin this recipe came about was because of the waste. Celeriac comes but in one size. Large or very large and quite quickly goes soft after you have cut some off. It is best kept in the refrigerator either in a plastic bag or brown paper bag. Preservation was the game and the same for turnips. Firstly I cut up the celeriac in small thin pieces along with the turnip and place into a bowl. Next I add some melted butter to the bowl to stop the root veg from browning from exposure to the air. Season well with salt & pepper and mix. Then I measure out enough of the turnip and celeriac to fill a mini loaf tin and then place the mixed veg into a freezer bag. Usually I get anything between 8 to 12 portions of my Celeriac And Turnip Gratin Recipe mix.
- 1 celeriac
- 2 turnips
- 1 sprig of thyme
- 1 piece of garlic
- 100 ml double cream
- 20 ml milk
- 5 oz of butter
Remove the outer surface from the celeriac
Cut into quarters and then thinly slice, a mandolin may help
Thinly slice the turnip
Crush chop 1 clove of garlic
Melt a little butter in a frying pan and add the ingredients (thyme)
Gently fry for 5 minutes then add the rest of the cream and butters
Simmer for 10 minutes
Place into your mini roasting dish
Roast in the oven 190 for 45 minutes
Serve with and Sunday roast
When I need the celeriac and turnip to accompany my Sunday roast I remove it from the freezer in the morning. As it is thinly sliced it doesn’t take long to defrost. After it is defrosted just follow the instructions on the recipe.
The Fear Of Celeriac
Once you have made my celeriac and turnip gratin recipe and overcome the fear you can try some of the many other celeriac recipes.
Celeriac Soup Recipes
Melt the butter in a large, heavy-based pot over a medium-low heat. Add the celeriac, leek, potato, garlic and onion, season generously, and gently sweat the vegetables until they’re all starting to soften (this will take about 10 minutes).
Apple and Celeriac Soup Jamie Oliver
- Heat half the oil in a large pan. Slice the onions and roughly chop the celery, and cook over a medium heat for 10 minutes until soft.
- Chop the celeriac, core and quarter the apples and add to the pan. Pick in the thyme leaves and cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
- Add the stock, season, and simmer over a low heat for 30 minutes until the celeriac is tender.
- Remove from the heat and blitz with a hand blender until smooth. Stir in half the crème fraîche.
- Heat the remaining oil in a pan and fry the sage leaves until crispy.
More Celeriac Recipes
Yotam Ottolenghi’s recipes for celeriac The Guardian
For those who are a little more adventurous, with capers and celery, gnocchi with bone marrow, and with walnuts.
More Lush Celeriac Recpies from the Guardian
celeriac matchsticks, Minestrone with celeriac ‘pasta’, Celeriac and blue-cheese muffins and Celeriac latkes with sour cream.
I hope this post has given you a little inspiration and confidence to give the ugly celeriac a go in the kitchen. Of course the first recipe you need to try is my celeriac and turnip gratin recipe.
If you have any great recipes with the ugly root veg please share with our readers. Ugly veg are the perfect solution for cheap dinner ideas.
Celeriac and turnip gratin is great with a Sunday roast and served with perfect Yorkshire puddings