Feb 10, 2009

Smashed Celery Root

Filed under: Sides,vegetables,Recipes — Tags: , , , , , , , — Kay @ 3:03 pm

I’m shamelessly promoting celery (celeriac) root here. It’s so good that I feel compelled to share the love! You can spike up many dishes with it, anywhere from soups to stews and even salads. My Dutch split pea soup & Dutch winter stew always have some in it. But it’s also a pretty darn tasty vegetable on its own.

I used to eat this a lot when I was low carbing. Celery root is a fantastic substitute for potatoes. Unlike many other root vegetables, celery root is relatively low in carbs and to top that; it’s also a great source of potassium and loaded with vitamin C.

Here’s a recipe I borrowed from Jamie Oliver some time ago, the guy knows what he’s doing, I tell ya. If you’re feeling unsure about eating celeryroot as a stand-alone vegetable, you can substitute 1/2 of the root for 2 big potatoes.

Ingredients:

1 celeriac root
1 1/2 tsp dried thyme
2 garlic cloves
1/4 cup chicken broth
3 tbsp oil
pepper
salt

Directions:

I readily admit it’s not the prettiest vegetable around, but its flavor is excellent.

Cut about one inch off the bottom, roll it on the flat side, cut the skin off and chop the root in 1/2 inch cubes. I really like how it smells!

Grate or chop 2 medium or 1 large garlic clove.

Heat 2 tbsp oil in a Dutch oven, or any other casserole-type of pot.

Plunge in the celery root cubes, garlic and add 1 1/2 tsp dried thyme or a small handful fresh thyme. It’s pouring here, so there’s no way I’m going out to buy fresh thyme. Cook everything, over medium heat, for about 5 minutes.

After 5 minutes the celery root will have a little color to it here and there. That’s your cue to add 1/4 cup chicken broth (or plain water). Put the lid on and simmer, over low heat, for 20 to 25 minutes.

Mine took about 20 minutes before I declared them ready. Patience is a virtue I unfortunately do not possess.

Season the celery root with salt and an adequate amount of pepper. Now grab a spoon and start stirring. You don’t want to mash them, you don’t want to leave them whole; you want something in the middle, so you smash them. Told you my man Jamie knew what he was doing.

It may not look like a fancy side dish, but it really tastes good and as an added bonus, you have yet another root vegetable recipe in your repertoire!

Nov 16, 2008

Dutch Winter Stew

It’s Sunday, just got back from a long walk in the park before the bad weather is supposed to set in. I have plenty of free time on my hands, lots of beef in the freezer, stocked up on vegetables, radio tuned in to the best Motown, northern soul music and my munchkin is napping. What more could a girl ask for? It’s stew time! I love beef, I love…