Trending Ingredient: Celery Root. Here's What To Make With It.
Don't judge this root vegetable by its outsides, for within celery root's knobby, gnarly exterior is a nutty sweetness that's best coaxed out by recipes that call for simmering, stewing, braising, baking and other forms of cozy, slowww cookin'.
So what the heck is this thing? Celery root, also known as celeriac, is a cousin of celery and can range in size from a pear to a small melon.
Choose a firm, unblemished celery root that seems heavy for its size.
Prep by slicing off the hairy, knobby parts until you get to the creamy insides.
Now for the best part! How to enjoy:
- Grate or julienne your celery root into a crisp winter salad or creamy slaw. When raw, it tastes more strongly of celery and parsley, so pair with other strong flavors friends such as apples and carrots.
- Boil and mash it alone or with potatoes, such as this Creamy Celery Root Mash and Celery Root and Potato Puree.
- Cube it and add to your favorite fall soups (this Winter Root Vegetable Soup is a favorite of mine).
- Slice and bake into a soul-satisfying casserole, like Chef John's Root Vegetable Gratin. Or, this easy 5-star Celery Root and Cheese Bake.
- Roast it with your other favorite root vegetables for an easy side dish.
Soon, you'll be that friend telling everyone why they need to try celery root.