How to Cook Celeriac

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Celeriac is a root vegetable, also known as celery root or knob celery, with a flavor similar to that of celery stalks. It has a round, globular shape and can be used in a variety of recipes. However, celeriac is prone to browning after being peeled and exposed to the air, so it must be handled carefully. Cooked celeriac can be served as a side dish or eaten alone.

Things You'll Need

  • Large mixing bowl
  • Lemon juice
  • Sharp kitchen knife
  • All-purpose flour
  • Medium sauce pan
  • Vegetable oil
  • Salt
  • Serving platter
  • Unsalted butter
  • Large frying pan
  • Chopped shallots
  • Fill a large mixing bowl with 4 cups of cold water. Add 4 tbsp. of lemon juice and stir to combine. Set the bowl aside.

  • Peel a 1 lb. piece of celeriac and cut it in half lengthwise with a sharp kitchen knife. Cut this section into fourths, and then cut these sections into thirds, resulting in 12 celeriac wedges.

  • Drop the celeriac in the bowl of lemon juice and water. This mixture is known as acidulated water, and submerging the celeriac into the solution will prevent it from browning when exposed to oxygen.

  • Pour ¼ cup all-purpose flour into a medium-sized sauce pan. Slowly whisk in 1 qt. of water. Add 1 tbsp. each lemon juice and vegetable oil, and 1 tsp. salt. Stir to combine, turn the heat to medium-high, and bring to a boil.

  • Boil the flour mixture for two full minutes. Remove the celeriac from the lemon water and place into the flour mixture. The oil in the mixture seals the celeriac and prevents further darkening of the flesh after cooking. Boil for eight minutes, until tender, and then drain and place the celeriac on a serving platter.

  • Add 3 tbsp. unsalted butter to a large frying pan and cook on medium-high heat until golden brown. Add 1 ½ tbsp. chopped shallots and cook in the butter for one minute. Pour the mixture over the celeriac and serve immediately.

Tips & Warnings

  • Lime juice or vinegar may be used to make the acidulated water, if desired. For best results, use a warmed serving platter to store the celeriac until the shallots have been cooked. Otherwise, it may become cold before serving.

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