Fragrant Celeriac Rice

1 large celeriac

1 tbsp. Olive oil

1.5 tsp Herbes de Provence

½ tsp sea salt

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.  Peel and chop the celeriac into chunks. Place the celeriac chunks in the food processor and process or “rice” using the S-blade. This should take about 30 seconds. Don’t over process and pulse a few times to get consistency in riced texture.  Transfer the riced celeriac to a medium bowl. Mix in the olive oil, herbes de provence, and sea salt.  Pour onto the parchment-lined baking sheet and roast in the oven for 20-25 minutes, stirring at the half-way point.  Remove from the oven and serve. Serves: 4

Vegan Celeriac Soup with Tahini

2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

1 onion, diced

3 cloves garlic, minced

6-7 cups celeriac, diced

4 cups broth

1 cup canned white beans

3/4 tsp. salt

1/4 cup tahini

1 Tbs. lemon juice

1/4 cup parsley

1/2 cup crushed pita chips

In a large pot over medium heat, heat the oil until shimmering. Add the onion and cook, stirring, until softened but not browned, about 3 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook, stirring, for an additional 30 seconds. Add the celery root, broth, beans and the salt and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to maintain a simmer and cook, covered, until the celery root is very tender, about 20 minutes.

Add the tahini and the lemon juice and, using an immersion (stick) blender, puree until smooth. (Alternatively, allow the soup to cool, then puree in batches in a blender, then reheat.) Add water or additional broth as needed to achieve desired thickness. Taste and season with more salt and/or lemon juice, if desired. Garnish with the parsley and pita chips and serve hot.


2 tsp olive oil & addition for serving

4 oz. sliced pancetta or bacon

1 Tbsp. butter

1 onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 tsp dried thyme

1 bay leaf

1 celeriac cut into chunks

4 cups chicken stock

salt and pepper

1/2 cup heavy cream

1/4 cup walnuts

1/4 cup chopped parsley Heat the oil in a large heavy bottom pan over medium high heat and add the chopped pancetta. Cook for about 3 minutes on each side until crisp. Remove from the pan and place on a paper towel lined plate to drain.  Melt the ghee in the same pot and add the chopped onion. Sauté for about 5 minutes, stirring often. Add the garlic, thyme, bay leaf and celeriac chunks. Cook for about 2 minutes longer. Pour in the stock and a pinch of salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until the vegetables are tender. About 25 minutes. Fish out the bay leaf, stir in the heavy cream, and then transfer the soup to a high speed blender and whirl away on high until completely smooth and creamy. Depending on the size of your blender you may need to do this in batches. Alternately, you can use an immersion blender but the soup won’t be as smooth and creamy. Return the soup to the pot and keep on low. Give it a taste test and season it with addition salt and pepper if needed. If the soup seems too thick add a touch more stock or water.  Meanwhile heat a small dry skillet over medium high heat. Add the walnuts and cook until lightly toasted on all sides. About 5 minutes. Shake the pan often to ensure the nuts cook evenly. Remove from the pan and when cool enough to handle, roughly chop the nuts.  Ladle the soup into bowls and top each portion with the cooked pancetta, walnuts and parsley. Drizzle with a tiny bit of olive oil and season to taste with salt and pepper

Celeriac and Potato Roesti

5 Tbsp. butter

1 Lb potatoes

1 Lb celeriac

2 tsp lemon zest

2 Tbs minced celery leaves

¾ tsp. salt

¼ tsp. black pepper

Melt butter in 10-inch nonstick or well-seasoned cast-iron skillet over medium heat.  Shred & pat dry potatoes and celeriac.  Mix shredded potatoes and celeriac with salt and pepper. Mix in lemon zest and celery leaves. Spread vegetable mixture evenly in skillet; press with spatula to form compact cake. Cook until bottom crust is golden brown, pressing on potatoes occasionally with spatula, about 15 minutes.  Shake skillet or use spatula to loosen roesti. Place large plate or platter over skillet and carefully invert. Slide roesti back into skillet and cook until bottom is golden brown, 10 to 15 minutes longer. Serve immediately.  From Cook’s Illustrated.

All in the Family Celeriac and Fennel Soup

3 Tbs. butter

2 leeks

2 fennel bulbs thinly sliced

2 celeriac chopped

1 cup dry white wine

2 bay leaves

2 sprigs fresh thyme

6 cups water

½ cup heavy cream

For the smoky Ghee:

4 Tbs. ghee

1 tsp. caraway seed

1 tsp. smoked paprika

For the Gremolata:

¼ cup finely chopped parsley

2 cloves minced garlic

2 Tbs. finely diced celery

Grated zest of 1 lemon

Melt butter in a large heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat.  Add leeks and cook until beginning to soften (2-3 min.).  Add fennel and cook until softened (8-10 minutes). Add celeriac along with salt, bay leaves and thyme, stirring to combine.  Add wine and simmer until mostly evaporated.  Add water and bring to a simmer.  Reduce heat to low and simmer until all vegetables are soft enough to puree (10-12-min.).  Puree until smooth either in a blender or with an immersion blender.  Re-heat over medium heat and add cream.  Taste and adjust seasonings.

For Ghee:  Melt ghee in saucepan over low heat.  Add caraway seeds and paprika and cook stirring occasionally being careful not to scorch spices (about 4 minutes).  Remove from heat, allow to cool and strain to remove solids.

For Gremolata:  Add all ingredients to a small bowl and mix.

Serve soup swirled with ghee and sprinkled with gremolata.

From Mona & Jaret at

Modified Double Celery Turkey Salad

Thanks to one of our subscribers for the following new version of a recipe we’ve given.  She describes this as “a winter tonic!”



¼ head crushed garlic

olive oil

toasted sesame oil

soy sauce

rice vinegar

black pepper


1 grated celeriac

few stalks minced celery

2-3 grated carrots

1 lb. cooked turkey

1 roasted beet, diced

Saute garlic in olive oil briefly, just so that it is not raw.  Whisk garlic together with other dressing ingredients to taste.  To roast the beet, wash,  wrap in aluminum foil and bake in 350-degree oven for about an hour or until easily pieced with a fork.  Allow to cool, then rub off the skin with your thumb.  Dice or shred the turkey.  Mix salad ingredients with dressing (adding beets last and mixing only gently afterward) and serve.

Creamy Porcini and Barley Soup

½ c. pearl barley

4 ½ c. chicken stock

1 oz. dried porcini mushrooms

2 c. boiling water

1 Tbsp. butter

1 Tbsp. olive oil

1 cup minced onion or shallot

8 c. sliced white mushrooms

2  small celeriac

1 tsp. dried sage

½ tsp. salt

½ tsp. black pepper

2 Tbsp. flour

1 cup cooking sherry

½ c. lowfat sour cream

chives for garnish

Combine barley and 1 ½ c. broth in a small saucepan.  Bring to a boil, then simmer until tender, 30-35 minutes.  Meanwhile, combine porcinis and boiling water in a medium bowl and let soak until mushrooms are soft, about 20 minutes. Line a sieve with paper towel, set in over a bowl and pour mushrooms and soaking liquid through it.  Reserve soaking liquid. Chop porcinis finely. Heat butter and oil in a large heavy-bottomed pan over medium-high heat. Add onions and cook, stirring often, until softened. Add white mushrooms and cook, stirring often, util they have released their juices and started to brown.  Add porcinis, celery or celeriac, sage, salt and pepper and cook, stirring often, until beginning to soften.  Sprinkle flour over the veggies and cook until flour is incorporated, scraping up any browned bits with a wooden spoon, until most of the sherry has evaporated. Add the soaking liquid and the remaining 3 c. of broth, increase heat to high and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally for about 20 minutes.  Add the cooked barley and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until heated through, about 5 minutes. Stir in sour cream until incorporated. Garnish with chives. Serves 4. Adapted from Eating Well Jan.-Feb. 2007.

Winter Slaw

  • 1 small to medium cabbage
  • 3 med carrots
  • ½ celeriac (optional)
  • 3 Tbs. mayonnaise
  • 3 Tbs. buttermilk
  • ½ Tbs. lemon juice
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • freshly ground black pepper

Halve and core cabbage.  Shred as finely as possible.  Grate carrots and celeriac, if used.  Mix remaining ingredients until smooth in the bottom of your salad bowl, add vegetables, toss and serve.

Wild Rice and Celery Root Gratin

  • Bechamel (recipe follows)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 small celery root, peeled and grated
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley, plus extra for garnish
  • Salt and freshly milled pepper
  • 3 cups cooked wild rice or Calico Rice (about one cup uncooked)
  • 1/2 cup grated Gruyere
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan

Preheat oven to 400F. Lightly butter or oil a baking dish and make the bechamel. Melt the butter in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the celery root with the lemon juice, garlic, and 2 tablespoons parsley and cook until tender, about 5 to 7 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Combine the wild rice, celery root, and sauce and stir in the cheeses. Turn into the dish and bake until firm, about 25 minutes. Sprinkle with chopped parsley and serve.


  • 1/4 cup minced shallot or onion
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 1/2 cups milk, scalded
  • Salt and freshly milled pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg

Cook the shallot in the butter in a small saucepan over low heat for 3 minutes. Stir in the flour and cook for 2 minutes more. Whisk in the hot milk all at once, then cook, stirring frequently, until thickened. Season with 1/2 teaspoon salt, a little pepper, and the nutmeg.

Serves 4 to 6

From Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone by Deborah Madison

White Beans and Winter Greens

  • 3/4  Lb dried navy beans
  • 1 cup finely chopped celeriac
  • 1 medium carrot, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cups stock or water
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbs olive oil
  • 2 lbs winter greens
  • 2 Tbs lemon juice
  • black pepper

Soak the beans in a large saucepan with water to cover by three inches.  Boil for 2-3 minutes, cover remove from heat and let stand 1 hour.  Drain and rinse beans.  Put them in large pot and add celeriac, carrot, onion, bay leaf and stock or water.  Heat to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, for forty-five minutes.  Add the salt and olive oil.  There should be enough liquid to barely cover the beans.  If not, add stock or water as necessary.  Continue simmering uncovered until the beans are tender, about 15 more minutes.  Stir occasionally.  Chop greens and wash.  Shake out as much water as possible, preferably in a salad spinner.  Stir the lemon juice into the beans.  Add the greens a handful at a time, stirring until wilted before adding another handful.  When all greens have been added, simmer for five minutes.  Check seasonings, adding salt and pepper as necessary.