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Friday, December 28, 2012

Go-with-Everything Celery Root Puree: French Fridays with Dorie

Celery Root Puree
Celery Root Puree

I can't tell you how many times I bought celery root with the intention to do something with it: a salad, a soup, roasted... but every time I bought this ugly tuber I let it rot.


I mean look at it:


celery root
celery root

Does this look like it really should be eaten? I don't even think it looks like something that should ever be taken out of the ground.

I was so happy the Dorista's actually got me to cook one of these little brains.


Peeling a celery root is definitely a challenge. Though the rest of the puree's directions were not very complicated. Basically you treat celery root as if it is a potato. The only part of the recipe that I found unnecessary was cooking it in milk. The root didn't take on the milk flavor, I could have just added a little when I was pureeing it... all the milk did was scorch the bottom of my pan.


My son was so excited to see me put "mashed potatoes" on the table. 


"Well, they're not exactly mashed potatoes."


"Not another French thing... what is it?"


"Celery root."


"Great."


He ate it,... and so did the rest of the family, but no one was thrilled, except for me... but I love the taste of celery. They would have preferred their beloved mashed potatoes. Oh well, I have a recipe for celery root as a cold slaw that I think I'll try maybe that will go over better, because I do think it is a truly interesting vegetable. 


Here is a similar recipe: Celery Root Puree


I served the celery root puree with a garlic brown sugar chicken recipe that everyone really enjoyed.



Garlic Brown Sugar Chicken
Garlic Brown Sugar Chicken


Note: 
As a member of French Friday's with Dorie I am not allowed to print the recipe. I invite you to take a look at this wonderful cookbook "Around My French Table" if you are interested in this or any other recipe I review. 


 






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16 comments:

  1. That is one ugly root lol. I can imagine how hard it would be to peel! Wishing you and your family a safe and Happy New Year, Diane!

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    1. So are you game Jamie... will you cook one?

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  2. Yeah, it is kind of ugly, isn't it? I think the milk does "mild down" the flavor - I noticed tihs was less intense than the other times I have cooked with it.
    The chicken looks like a great accompaniment.
    Happy New Year!

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    1. Glad there was a point to scorching my pan. happy New Year Cher.

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  3. I am sadly with your family in liking mashed potatoes better, but I am glad you liked this puree. Happy New Year!

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  4. I agree it's ugly. I like your description as "brains". I can see that. I didn't see the point of cooking it in milk either. Next time water or maybe stock. I liked that it wasn't quite mashed potatoes. Happy New Year, Diane. Looking forward to continuing cooking with you on Fridays next year.

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    1. Cher thinks it mellows the flavor in milk. How strong can celery flavor be? I'm going to try it without the milk too.

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  5. This was definitely one ugly veggie, but I truly enjoyed it! Happy New Year, Diane!

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  6. Yes, it's pretty ugly. I never would have thought to try this if it weren't for this group. We are an adventurous bunch! I liked it fine, but not sure I liked it enough to make it all the time.

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    1. Definitely not a go to root, but I would like to try it in something other than a puree and see what it is like.

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  7. You're right! It's ugly and hard to peel. Happy New Year Diane!

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  8. I was surprised at how much I liked this, too - sorry it didn't go over so well with the kids.

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  9. Isn't it always great when something you do brings back good memories for your parents. The daube/Montparnass was an extra Christmas gift to her. There is nothing about celery root purée that kids would like, I'm thinkin'. Although your kids are adventurous eater, this was an appropriate "time-out" dish. The grown-ups around my table loved it - they are wayyyy into vegetables and I found it a very low-calorie but filling and acceptable alternative to mashed potatoes. I'll make it again. I just received your lovely Christmas card, Diane, and now I have a good visual of your entire family. You've kept your handsome husband under wraps! I know you won't mind waving 2012 good-bye and I hope 2013 will be a lighter year for you, your family, and those who live around you. Happy New Year to you all.

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    1. Thank you Mary... I was just thinking the same thing... 2012 was not the best year for this neck of the woods, but it was a big transition for you too. I wish us both peace and serenity in 2013.

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  10. I am hungry for it. Wish to cook it for dinner:)

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