Hey there folks. When's the last time you bought a vegetable that you didn't know what to do with? It's a heck of a way to expand your repertoire, and a good way to get in touch with what your grocer/farmer has on hand that's seasonal and inexpensive. One of my favorite sites is 101cookbooks.com. You can do a search by ingredient and come up with a list of dishes that include what you're looking for. And I love her site as a starting point because the recipes tend to get high marks in the tasty, healthy, and whole foods departments.
The bad boy pictured above, however, is not in that ingredient list. I call it celery root, but wikipedia just schooled me and let me know that it's technically "celeraic." Excusez-moi, wikipedia. So celery root, sorry, celeriac is a root vegetable, and word on the street is that it's high in fiber, way less starchy than many other root vegetables, and is low on the glycemic index. There's lots more exciting nutritional information at the bottom of this post for all of you nerds out there.
Celeriac is fresh and crisp when thinly sliced and tossed into a salad, perfect in soups, and takes on a bit of sweetness when roasted. This recipe looks a lot like my other potato salad recipe, so feel free to mix ideas. The difference is the subtle sweetness in the celery root, and of course, the favorable nutritional differences.
One Celeriac - peeled and cut into chunks
A few potatoes, scrubbed and cut into chunks - about the same amount as the celeriac
1 T whole grain mustard
3 T olive oil
1 cup finely chopped curly parsley
1/4 cup sun dried tomatoes (not oil packed)
1 red onion, french cut
Juice of half a lemon
2 T olive oil
Spinach leaves and sprouts to serve
- Thinly slice the sun dried tomatoes and place them in a small bowl with the lemon juice and 2 T of olive oil. Set aside so that the tomatoes can rehydrate.
- Whisk together the mustard and 3 T of olive oil in a large mixing bowl and preheat the oven to 350.
- Add celeriac and potatoes to the mustard mixture and toss to coat. Turn out onto a parchment paper lined sheet pan, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and bake until cooked through and golden on the edges - about 25 minutes.
- When the vegetables are finished roasting, combine them in the large mixing bowl with the parsley, onion, and sun dried tomato mixture. Taste and adjust seasoning.
- Serve over fresh spinach leaves and garnish with sprouts. Enjoy!
Here's the additional nutritional information I'd promised you.
I found this little chart that compares celery root to the mighty potato:
|*1 cup celery root (155g)|
boiled, drained without salt
|*1 potato (136g)|
boiled in skin without salt
And if that's not enough, there's even more nutrition info here. So high in so many vitamins! Such a low glycemic load! What's not to love?