- KNOW YOUR VEG
the flavour of celery and the appearance of a rough,
creamy brown turnip, celeriac is a root vegetable.
It has a dense texture similar to turnip or potato
when cooked and is also known as turnip-rooted celery
or knob celery. Buy small to medium firm bulbs that
feel heavy for their size, larger bulbs are likely
to be woody. If possible choose ones that have a smoother
outside to avoid excess wastage when peeling.
How To Use Celeriac
can be served blanched for salads or cooked. The
classic French salad remoulade consists of blanched
matchsticks of celeriac dressed with mayonnaise.
It can be mashed with other root vegetables such
as potatoes, turnips or parsnips or served as a
purée flavoured with black pepper and garlic.
Celeriac goes particularly well with beef and game
dishes and is a flavoursome addition to hearty winter
stews with beef or venison or chunky vegetable soups
such as celeriac and blue cheese.
How To Prepare Celeriac
the celeriac and cut into even-sized chunks if cooking
or matchsticks if using in salads. To prevent discolouration,
place the pieces into a bowl of water, with a squeeze
of lemon juice added.
How To Cook Celeriac
can be blanched, boiled or steamed. To blanch celeriac
matchsticks for salads (this helps remove a slightly
bitter taste), bring a pan of water with a squeeze
of lemon juice added to the boil, drain the prepared
celeriac and add to the pan. As soon as the water
returns to the boil, pour the celeriac into a colander
in the sink and rinse under cold running water until
well chilled. Pat dry before using. To boil, bring
a pan of water with a squeeze of lemon juice added
to the boil, drain the prepared celeriac and add
to the pan, boil for 15 to 20 minutes or until tender.
To steam, place the prepared celeriac in a steamer
and cook for 15 to 20 minutes or until tender. Serve
celeriac chunks whole, topped with butter and black
pepper or mash, or purée.
How To Store Celeriac
in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
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