• Tina

The Ugliest Veggie

If you're a CSA member with the Snoqualmie Valley Farmers Cooperative, guess what's in your box this week.

While I was working at the Issaquah Farmers Market for my friends at Steel Wheel Farm this summer the most common questions were probably about celeriac. First it was “What is that thing?” and the next question was “What do you do with it?”

Celeriac, also known as celery root, is a variety of celery that is grown for the root. It has the delicate flavor of celery but in a root vegetable package. It can be roasted, mashed, pureed or eaten fresh in a salad or slaw.

Celery root is a relatively low carb making it a great substitute for potatoes or other starchy vegetables if you’re a low carb-er. It’s high in fiber, high in potassium, phosphorus, copper and iron and moderately high in vitamin C, calcium and zinc. It’s also quite high in Vitamin K1 which plays an important role in blood-clotting and something to be aware of if you’re on blood thinners.

I was torn between creating a dish that was raw or cooked but since I like the flavor of celeriac a little bit more when its cooked, I opted for fries. They’re super easy to make and perfect paired with a steak or fish or even as a game day snack with spicy ketchup or aioli. Enjoy!

Forgot to take a before pic.

Oven-baked Celeriac Fries

1 large celeriac

1 Tablespoon olive-oil or avocado oil

Sea Salt

Chopped fresh herbs (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit and get a pot of water on the stove to boil for blanching.

2. Trim celery root by cutting off the top and bottom and slicing the outer edges off (like a pineapple if you’ve ever done that). See pic below

3. Cut celery root into finger size pieces (variable, I know) or desired fry size.

4. Blanch the fries in the boiling water for about 1 minute, drain.

5. Spread the celeriac onto a baking sheet lined with parchment if you have it. Drizzle with the oil and toss the fries to coat them evenly. Season with a couple of pinches of sea salt and fresh herbs such as rosemary or thyme (or both) if you like.

6. Place into the preheated oven in the middle rack and cook for about 30-45 minutes, checking after about 25 minutes. The smaller you cut the fries the quicker they will cook. Cook until golden brown.

7. Serve hot and enjoy!

Time: Active time: 7 minutes. Cook time: 30-40 minutes

Yield: Serves 2-3

Cut off top and bottom and then trim off edges.

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