Friday, December 28, 2012

FFWD ~ Go-with-everything Celery Root Puree

The very delicious Go-with-everything Celery Root Puree

This week, for French Friday, our recipe is Go-with-everything Celery Root Puree. I really wasn’t sure about this one.  First of all, I had never eaten celery root.  Secondly, celery root is one ugly vegetable.  Dutifully, I went to the grocery store the day after our snow storm to buy my celery root.  I wouldn’t  think of sending my husband. He would take one look at that ugly root, and walk right by it!  This recipe involves cutting up two medium celery roots, a medium russet potato, and an onion. Boil it all in a mixture of milk, water and salt.  When tender, drain and puree in a food processor.  Easy, yes!  But, how would it taste?  I loved this one, but my husband not so much. Although he likes celery, he prefers just plain mashed potatoes. To me, these were just like mashed potatoes, but lighter with a slight celery taste.  Delicious!!  I have a new found respect for this ugly root vegetable, and will try adding it to my soups and stews. I guess you really can’t judge a book by it’s cover!
Wishing everyone a Happy, Healthy New Year!!
This recipe can be found in Dorie Greenspans cookbook “Around My French Table”. The recipe can also be seen here at Epicurious! To see what other Dorista’s thought of this recipe, check it out here.


The not so pretty celery root
Chopping all the veggies
Simmering away till tender
Loved this!!
I topped this with some butter, and fresh cracked black pepper along with some fresh thyme
I made a pork roast, and served it with my Go-with-everything Celery Root Puree…very nice!



25 comments:

  1. It is so funny hearing about how much everyone's family doesn't like their mashed potatoes messed with, but I'm with you I enjoyed the celery root flavor and I plan on trying some other recipes with it.

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  2. Glad you liked your ugly root :-) Yeah - if I have to buy something new or specific, I have found that its better if I just trudge out and get it myself. Makes life more peaceful... The sauce on your roast looks very tasty

    Hope you have a safe and Happy New Year.

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  3. You sure make that ugly root look pretty! Happy New Year!

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  4. Glad you liked it Kathy. I am with your hubby on this one, but it was interesting to try. Happy New Year.

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  5. Very ugly vegetable, but at least it tastes delicious. That saves it :) It looks delicious with the pork roast. I hope you have a very Happy New Year, Kathy! Looking forward to cooking with you another year.

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  6. LOL...I didn't even offer any to my hubby, but I enjoyed it. First time for me, too! Happy New Year, Kathy :)

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  7. It may not be a pretty vegetable, but you certainly made it look good. Nice job! Happy New Year!

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  8. I think I might like it more in soup than in mashed potatoes. Happy New Year!

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  9. I liked the lighter texture and flavor as well. Not sure if I liked it enough to keep making it, though. It looks great with your pork roast. Happy New Year!

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  10. Happy that you liked the dish. I think it would be good with something like your pork roast (which looks delicious, by the way!). It wasn't my favorite flavor, but I liked the lightness...

    Happy New Year!!

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  11. It's always fun to discover something new! This sounds wonderful!

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  12. I have never tried celery root! But this puree looks to me like a big success! Don't worry men are very picky and concervative when it comes to eating. At least my husband is lol! Have a very prosperous and full of joy and love New Year Kathy along with your loved ones!

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  13. The celery root with the pork gravy looks so delicious. This was a simple recipe that turned out pretty tasty, surprisingly.
    Have a very happy and healthy New Year.

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  14. Kathy, this looks so good! I love the taste of celery but unfortunately I'm the only one in my home that does!! I still want to try this recipe.....
    I also love celery root salad and have a favorite one I pick up at the farmers market.
    Have a very Happy New Year!!! I look forward to following you in 2013 and to our shared FFWD cooking adventures;-)

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  15. I just love celery root - and your's looks fantastic! - such a lovely substitute to mashed potatoes!
    Mary x

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  16. I wasn't sure Kevin was going to go for this, either, but he liked it! Your meal looks lovely. Happy New Year!

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  17. I would love to see the recipe for your pork roast - it looks delicious!

    My husband wouldn't go for the celery root - glad you enjoyed it.

    Wishing you love and happiness throughout the New Year! xoxo

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  18. Kathy, what a perfectly lovely presentation - love the fact that you cooked some delicious looking Pork Roast and served the wonderful Celery Root Purée with it - it looks so pretty with the thyme and melted butter on top! Wishing you and your entire family all the best for the upcoming year!

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  19. I have absolutely no idea what this is but is sure looks amazing never heard of this one! Happy New Year!!!!!

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  20. Kathy, your celery root looks delicious especially with the sauce from your pork roast. I have a feeling when I do make this recipe that my family will be divided on this one as well. I hope you and your family have a wonderful New Year!

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  21. After reading many Posts, Kathy, I think most of us (the Doristas) liked this dish because we know it's so healthy and nutritious. I think most of the husbands love their mashed potatoes and no messin' with 'em. And. can you blame them? Since the guests who tried my Mash were vegetarians, so to speak, they were gung-ho about this "new-to-them" veggie. We all used celery root when we made Céleri Rémoulade several months ago (which I loved". I think making something "soupy or saucy" to go with it definitely helps. Your Pork Roast looks wonderful. Lots of food over the holidays. I need some relief from rich and sugary foods, that's for sure. I want to wish you and your family a Happy & Healthy New Year 2013. May we both enjoy another year of cooking together.

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  22. I love this homely root. Just shows that you don't judge a book by its cover. And the recipe transforms it. Happy New Year, Kathy. May it be brimming with goodness.

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  23. It does look like mashed potatoes, and I understand why you loved it. I think I would like it too, though I never saw celery root around here. Now at least I know what it looks like! Have a wonderful beginning of 2013 Kathy! I´m looking forward to sharing more recipes next year.

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  24. Looks great...I have made this plenty before with my French cooking but never used this recipe and it is slightly different. Need to catch up around FFwD, maybe not in posting, but in making! Your photo is just lovely.

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