Wednesday, 8 January 2014

A couple of uses for celeriac

I love celeriac. I love its beautiful, creamy, fragrant flesh. I think it's a very under-rated vegetable. Perhaps, like Kale, it might start to undergo a small revival at some point soon. I think more and more people are starting to discover the range of British-grown vegetables that are actually available, even over the winter months. I hope so, anyway.

How can you not love a vegetable that looks like a brain?

Whenever I get a celeriac in my veg box, I tend to make a soup. This Nigel Slater recipe that I wrote about a while ago is a fabulous recipe, and this one from the BBC is great too if you want more of the flavour of the celeriac to come through.

But I didn't fancy celeriac soup this week, and I wanted to try and do something different with the celeriac I got in my veg box this time. I actually ended up using my celeriac in a couple of different dishes. Firstly, I used it in this braised venison dish. The recipe itself doesn't call for celeriac, but I had a feeling that celeriac would go well with the strong flavours of venison. I was right. I used it in place of the turnips/swede and I also used leeks instead of celery. It was a very tasty meal and I made enough for 4 people, so it lasted us two evenings. 

That was half my celeriac gone, so with the over half, I decided to add it to this Tipsy Sausage Tray Bake dish from Abel & Cole, along with carrots and onions. Yummy!

Tipsy Sausage Tray Bake

Does anyone have any other ideas for uses for celeriac? How can we make the most of this fabulous vegetable?


  1. I've never actually tried celeriac, but that dish looks just the ticket and I'd like to try it soon :)

    1. I recommend it - let me know how you get on! :)

  2. Very under-rated as you say. It's one of my favourites. It's always good with sausages, so I love the idea of that tray bake. My favourite ways of eating celeriac are probably remoulade in the summer and mash in the winter. I mash it with some potatoes and/or carrots and add some Dijon mustard. Makes a great topping for cottage/shepherd's pie.

    1. Someone else mentioned the mash idea to me - I'll have to give it a go.