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Celeriac/Celery root - roasted, mashed - your best methods?

fldhkybnva Jan 18, 2014 11:38 AM

I am interested to try celeriac for the first time and would like to roast it and serve as is or serve mashed. I've browsed a few recipes and most suggest including potatoes but the idea is to use it by itself. What are your best methods to prepare it either roasted or mashed? Boil first? Time? Temperature? TIA

  1. johnseberg Feb 15, 2014 10:39 AM

    Here's a new one? Noodles?
    Celeriac Noodles with Parsley Pesto
    http://www.marksdailyapple.com/celeri...

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    1. re: johnseberg
      fldhkybnva Feb 15, 2014 10:49 AM

      Wow, interesting, thanks for the link.

    2. Ttrockwood Jan 21, 2014 05:49 PM

      I've used it for soup many times, a smooth blended one. Last time i used two small-ish celeriac, one smaller cauliflower and cannelini beans with soaked cashews, veg broth, onion, thyme, and salt- all blitzed smooth

      1. linguafood Jan 21, 2014 11:21 AM

        I positively loathe cooked celeriac, but ironically add it to my chicken noodle soup, b/c that's what mom used to do and it adds a different flavor than celery stalks. But then when I'm ready to eat, I make sure to remove those blobs & cubes of mush :-)

        My favorite (or rather only) way to enjoy it is raw/shredded for Waldorf or other salads.

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        1. re: linguafood
          sunshine842 Jan 21, 2014 05:41 PM

          I'd almost forgotten -- in France, it's shredded and mixed with mayonnaise, just like coleslaw. I don't like it as much as slaw, but it's an interesting change of pace.

        2. sunshine842 Jan 19, 2014 01:13 PM

          I either roast it with other root vegetables, or mash it at about 50/50 with potatoes.

          I tried mashing by itself, but it has a little too much liquid to really stand on its own -- it needs a little something to keep it from going to gravy.

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            magiesmom Jan 19, 2014 12:20 PM

            If you roast it you need about 40 minutes at 375 for 2" chunks.

            I like it that way but also love it steamed and mashed with butter, no potatoes.

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            1. re: magiesmom
              fldhkybnva Jan 19, 2014 01:04 PM

              Thanks, roasting is up next. Today I tried it raw as a remoulade and I also braised/steamed it with garlic, thyme and chicken stock and really loved it.

              1. re: fldhkybnva
                mcf Jan 21, 2014 11:08 AM

                I don't love it pureed or roasted, but did use it once or twice in my all time super fab gratin recipe... if you liked it, you might like it as a substitute for potatoes in this, which I make a lot with rutabaga: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

                I'm not a celeriac lover, but if you are, it works really well in this. I tried jicama, but no matter how long it cooked, it never lost it's crunch.

                1. re: mcf
                  fldhkybnva Jan 21, 2014 12:14 PM

                  Great, thanks.

            2. johnseberg Jan 18, 2014 02:23 PM

              I haven't tried this, but, I will:
              http://nomnompaleo.com/post/295637994...

              1. PamelaD Jan 18, 2014 02:15 PM

                You might want to post this and the Home Cooking board...

                We really like a 1:1 mash of potatoes and celeriac. I peel, cut up, and boil and celeriac the same as I do the potatoes (I usually start the potatoes and boil for a few min, then add the celeriac, as it takes less time to cook). The celeriac can be a bit watery, so be sure to drain well. I mash all together with a little milk and butter and salt. Yum!

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                1. re: PamelaD
                  mcf Jan 21, 2014 11:05 AM

                  But this was posted in special diets for a reason, exclusion of potatoes, for one thing. :-)

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