But that’s not all: celeriac is excellent roasted in the oven and also raw in a salad, cut into tiny julienne matchstick strips and served with a creamy dressing.
To prepare celeriac. First of all, have no fear in paring off the skin really thickly. What you need to do is peel off enough to leave behind only the creamy-white flesh, with no brown bits left behind. Because the root channels are interwoven into the base of the bulb you will need to cut all this away, so it’s always useful to remember only three-quarters of what you buy can be used. Cut the rest into chunks and, as you do so, pop them in some cold salted water to prevent discolouring.
Now you can either dry them well and roast them, or boil them and combine them with equal quantities of boiled potatoes and mash.
Filled with wintry root veg and a cheesy sauce, with a parmesan pastry, this pie is a real treat! Replace the lard with vegetable fat if making this for vegetarians.
Roasting vegetables is a great way of maximising their nutritional benefit as the vitamins don't leach out into the cooking water - and they're full of flavour and texture. This recipe uses all those wonderful root veg in one go.
Celeriac is a winter root vegetable that all cooks should be aware of as it has a wonderful flavour and lends itself beautifully to soups, bakes, gratins and, here, mashed with other ingredients.
One of the bane's of any dieter's life is that feeling of hunger. So this gorgeous, fat-free soup could be the answer: it's filling and satisfying without piling on the pounds.
This is perfect for winter, when celery and celeriac are at their height of seasonality, having had a good frost to intensify their flavour. Serve with crusty bread.