When buying celery root, look for a small, firm vegetable with as few outer roots as possible. To prep it, use a sharp paring knife or vegetable peeler to peel away the thick outer skin. Grate or thinly slice the celeriac and toss it with a mustard-flavored mayonnaise-based dressing to make the classic French bistro dish known as céleri rémoulade. Or add it to any winter salad. Cubes of celery root can be roasted with a touch of olive oil, baked in gratins, or boiled and pureed. Add celeriac puree to other mashed root vegetables like potatoes or turnips, or serve it on its own.
Read on to see recipes for celery root pancakes and hearty black bean stew, as well as other uses for celeriac.
Whether you shred it into pancakes, add it to salads, or use it in hearty sides and entrées, celeriac can be a fresh addition to your repertoire of winter dishes. Here are some recipes from the Rodale Recipe Finder to get you started.
#1: Vegetable Medley with Creamy Curry Dip. Broccoli florets and sliced celery root, radishes, and carrots go great with a rich-tasting curry dip that’s made lighter with low-fat ricotta.
#2: Tuna and Root Vegetable Salad with Vinaigrette. In this super seasonal salad, lightly cooked parsnips, celeriac, and carrot are topped with seared tuna and a delicious herbed dressing.
#3: Celery Root Pancakes with Crème Fraiche and Caviar. For a change from the traditional wheat or buckwheat blini, top celeriac pancakes with Russian-style toppings.
#4: Root Vegetable Mash. Puree sweet potatoes and celery root together for this tasty alternative to mashed potatoes.
#5: Hearty Black Bean Stew with Winter Vegetables. Root vegetables and black beans are brightened up with cilantro in this nutritious, protein-packed stew.