Celeriac or Celery Root

Celeriac or Celery Root

I was wrong. I was never impressed with celeriac, also known as celery root. I had tried it several times. Always as celeriac remoulade . I liked the mustardy, lemony dressing but the vegetable tasted raw and the texture did nothing for me. I don’t know why I decided to try celeriac again but I bought a nice big one.

Celeriac is not an attractive vegetable. It is the root of a variety of the celery family. It must be peeled. The best way to do this is to lop off the top and bottom. Then use a chefs knife , cutting from top to bottom to remove the thick skin like you would a citrus fruit you were going to section.


Peeled celeriac

Peeled celeriac

This time I chopped the celery root into 1 1/2 inch pieces and cooked it like potatoes in salted water. Then I mashed it, added salt, pepper and a bit of butter. Wow this was delicious. It tasted the way celery smells. I squeezed a little lemon on it and boy did it pop! I will be adding this to my repertoire for sure. I will try roasting and braising. Scalloped celeriac for sure. I think it will be a great addition to stews come fall.

Mashed Celeriac

Mashed Celeriac


2 thoughts on “Celeriac

  1. carol says:

    Margaret was asked once what her favorite smell was and she said “celery”! I will prepare mashed celeriac one of these days cause she should LOVE it! Thanks for going where others do not dare!


    • I worked in a green grocer, produce, my love / hate veggie was celery. The boxes weighed a ton but when you opened them the celery smell was overwhelming! I loved it!


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