Monday, December 7, 2009

What is this thing? Take 2


That, my friends, is a celariac. And it was one of the vegetables found in or CSA box this week. It's also known as celery root. Apparently, its flavor is a cross between celery and a parsnip.

Unlike the romanesco broccoli, I have tried celariac once before, but I've yet to make something with it. My sister, Becky, made me celariac and potato soup once and it was so I might get that recipe from her or I might try this celeriac apple potato soup recipe. I also got potatoes and onions in my CSA and I still have a few apples from the orchard.

If you know of any good recipes that use celariac, send them my way! Thanks!

Update: I made the celeriac apple potato soup last night and it was awesome! Dave had three big bowls and he gave it 5 out of 5 jalapenos -- and he usually doesn't like soup for dinner.

And now that we've tasted it raw, I'll tell you that celeriac has the flavor of celery, but a consistency close to a carrot. It'd probably be yummy on a vegetable platter with dip.



  1. Hi JB!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog! Celeriac is a wonderfully versatile vegetable. Of course you can make soup, but you can also boil it and mash it up, sort of like celery flavored mashed potatoes. I did a CSA a few summers ago, and I had so many root vegetables in one delivery that I just boiled them all and mashed them together with a bit of butter, cream, salt & pepper. It was delicious!

  2. I'd love to see what you end up making with that! Looks like the kind of thing that would be delicious, prepared right!

  3. somewhere (maybe martha stewart?) i saw a root vegetable soup that was something like potatoes, parsnips, turnips, yams, rutabegas, and some other stuff. i made it once and it was quite delicious and if i remember correctly, very easy to sub in other stuff.

  4. I still want to eat dinner at your house!

  5. Eireann -- I'll have to find a soup recipe like that -- with the CSA we get gobs and gobs of different root vegetables.

    Gigi -- I should invite you guys over some time -- although I'd be hesitant about testing a new recipe on you!


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