Tuesday, February 21, 2012

what does a celery root look like?

Before I post two super easy recipes that take advantage of celery root, a root vegetable readily available in the Northeast in wintertime, I want to make sure you all have a visual on what you're looking for at your local supermarket or farmer's market. This gnarly, knobby bulb is a celery root (aka celeraic). You can eat it raw or cooked...just make sure to remove the skin. Celery root is very low in starch, crispy when eaten raw and smooth when cooked. I add it to my batches of roasted root vegetables, and it's a wonderful addition to veggie soups. Most recently, I roasted it on its' own as a side dish... and then mashed the leftovers to make a totally different side dish, similar to mashed potatoes but which much more flavor.

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