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While to some it may seem an ugly duckling in the family of winter vegetables like parsnips, carrots or anise, this root vegetable called celeriac has so much deliciousness inside It will easily have you telling your potatoes to move aside. Prepare yourself for a feast of hearty deliciousness straight from the garden. If your taste buds love mashed potatoes, they will be delighted to enjoy the fruits of your labor, or vegetables in this case, with the robust flavor of celeriac mash!

Do you ever just wake up and think, “I need to find something to eat that is new and different while staying within a low carb diet?” Adding delicious winter vegetables to your planning may just be the ticket to your dream dinner. Finding comfort foods that make a cold winter night steamy, while also meeting your dietary needs will be a win for your homemade meal. Potatoes were my starchy carb that took comfort foods to an all-time high, but when I realized that I could use celeriac could replace those carbs and turn them into a healthier option, I was thrilled!

It was magical to test this recipe for the first time. I was sure that nothing could match the creamy deliciousness of my beloved mashed potatoes. But with this recipe for celeriac mash, you will be astonished and amazed at how your taste buds scream with delight. Even better, making them is a slam dunk for ease and simplicity! Take a chance on Celeriac, the silly winter vegetable hiding in a vegetable garden or grocery store near you!

What is Celery Root?

This root vegetable is a member of the parsnip family. Unlike the stalks of green celery that we usually see, celeriac actually grows underground like other root vegetables. They range in size, anywhere from an apple to a small cantaloupe and have a bumpy round surface. It has a crisp texture when eaten raw like a potato, but is low in carbs making it perfect for a ketogenic diet.  Celery root is also packed with fiber and rich in vitamins B, C, and K.

What Does Celeriac Mash Taste Like?

Celeriac on its own has a very mild celery flavor, with a subtle hint of parsley.  Once cooked, mashed, and paired with rich heavy cream, garlic, and spices you will be ready to replace those traditional carb filled mashed potatoes with this healthier alternative.

Different Ways to Use Celeriac Mash

This is a pretty versatile vegetable and can be eaten raw or cooked. It can be freshly grated into salads, sliced thin and made into chips, roasted, and even pureed into soups! Cooking celeriac is very similar to cooking potatoes, just peel, boil, and mash once tender.

Celeriac Mash Ingredients

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  • Celeriac- For smaller gatherings or simple dinners, 3-4 celery root bulbs will be perfect. Try to find ones that are approximately 4”-5” in size, this will cut down your peeling time. Go for firm bulbs, free from bruises and soft spots.
  • Butter- Go for a rich grass fed butter that is deep and golden yellow. Unsalted butter works best so you can adjust seasoning to your own personal preference.
  • Garlic- Use freshly minced or jarred minced garlic
  • Heavy Cream- Get the highest quality heavy cream that is free from fillers and stabilizers.
  • Thyme- You can use either fresh or dried thyme in this dish. Fresh thyme will give the recipe a brighter, fresher flavor and dried thyme will be more rich and fragrant.

How to Make Celeriac Mash

Boil a large pot of water and season with salt

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Peel your celery root carefully by first cutting off the top and bottom of each bulb. Then peel using a sharp paring knife or vegetable peeler

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Cut into small cubes and add to the boiling pot of water. Cook for 15-20 minutes until tender.

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Drain and place back into the pot. Add remaining ingredients and mash or puree in a high speed blender

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Adjust seasoning to taste.

Celeriac Mash FAQs

Where to buy a celeriac?

Most major grocery stores carry celeriac, but it is usually labeled as celery root. It is located with other root vegetables like carrots, turnips,and parsnips. Sometimes the stems are included which are great for garnishing, other times you will only be able to buy the bulbs. It is available all year round in most areas, but can also be found at farmers markets in the winter time.

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Creamy & Comforting Celeriac Mash

celeriac mash

This creamy celeriac mash recipe is a simple, elegant, and healthy low carb alternative to mashed potatoes. It is just as easy to make and the mild celery flavor pairs beautifully with the robust garlic flavor and herbs.

  • Author: Corina Nielsen
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
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Ingredients

  • 2 pounds celery root/celeriac
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh thyme
  • 1 tablespoon + 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Instructions

  1. Heat a large pot of water and generously season it with 1 tablespoon of salt.
  2. Carefully peel your celery root by cutting off the top edge of each bulb.  This will provide a sturdier surface and make it safer to peel.  Once the top is cut off, turn the celery root over and cut off the bottom edge.  Using a very sharp paring knife or vegetable peeler, slice off the skin.  Cut into ½” slices and then into small cubes.
  3. Once the water is boiling, carefully add the peeled celeriac cubes to the pot.  Cook for 15-20 minutes until fork tender.  Remove from heat and drain.
  4. Add butter, heavy cream, 3/4 teaspoon salt, pepper, thyme, and garlic to the pot.  Using a potato masher, press the ingredients together until your desired texture is achieved.  You can also puree this for a much smoother texture.  Just add everything to a high speed blender and mix until smooth.  Add chicken stock to thin mash out to desired taste.
  5. Adjust seasoning if needed and top with a pat of butter and extra fresh thyme or parsley.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/3 cup
  • Calories: 159
  • Fat: 15g
  • Carbohydrates: 7g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Protein: 1g

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