It may share a name with the more familiar celery, but celery root (or celeriac) is something different entirely. This root vegetable is cultivated specifically for its large, knobby, gnarled root — and though it’s not so pretty to look at, the ivory flesh has a nutty, earthy flavor that’s delicious to eat. Learn more about celery root with our tips below, and read on for some great recipes to use it in!
Look for: Buy firm, medium-sized roots about the size of small grapefruits. They should feel heavy for their size, without any bruising or soft spots (tangled root ends and green stalks growing from the top are OK). Trim any stalks, then store the roots in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Prep tips: Scrub celery root with a stiff brush under cold running water. Trim the root end. With a sharp paring knife or vegetable peeler, peel away the thick skin as deeply as needed to remove and browned furroughs. Immediately sprinkle the root with lemon juice to prevent discoloration. Cut, chop or shred the root using a sharp knife, food processor, mandoline or grater.
Uses: Dense celery root bakes wonderfully into smooth, sweet gratins and purees. Shredded or finely julienned, it pairs well with citrus juices, parsley leaves and bitter greens in fresh salads. It can also be substituted for up to half of the potatoes for a new twist on mashed potatoes.
Julienned celery root makes a beautiful and unexpected addition to a platter of crudités. A squeeze of lemon juice and wedge of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese top off this elegant starter.
|Celery Root and Carrot Remoulade
Toss this fresh-tasting salad of julienned carrots and celery root with remoulade, a mayonnaise-based dressing that includes mustard, capers and herbs. Any leftover remoulade is delicious spread on sandwiches or combined with chicken salad.
|Potato-Celery Root Pancakes
Here, crisp, salty potato patties are updated with tangy celery root for a unique take on a classic dish. Sprinkle with a high-quality sea salt for extra crunch.
|Celery Root Puree with Caramelized Apple
Celery root’s subtle flavor stands out best in simple preparations like this one. The silky soup calls for just a few ingredients, and a topping of caramelized apples takes it to the next level.
|Potato and Celery Root Gratin with Gruyère
Thin slices of celery root add an extra layer of flavor and complexity to a potato gratin. Combined with herbs, rich cream and two types of cheeses, this side dish will be a hit at a special occasion meal.
|Porter-Braised Chicken Thighs with Root Vegetables
Celery root and other root vegetables add their distinctive sweetness to this hearty and rustic braise, flavored with porter, a very dark ale. With the toasty nuances of beer and the spiciness of Dijon mustard, the stew is full of contrasting but harmonious flavors.
|Celery Root & Potato Potpie
Potatoes and celery root combine to create this warming potpie, which makes a satisfying meatless main course. A hint of black truffle oil gives the dish a special touch.