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Mashed celery root


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mashed celery root with mushrooms and leeks

Mashed celery root is one of life’s culinary pleasures. And it’s good for you.

I first discovered celery root when I was trying to limit the amount of starches I eat. I have never looked back. It is, simply, one of the best foods on the planet. I eat it many ways, but mashed celery roots is a definite favorite.

To humor me, Rick planted celery root in our garden. Neither of us had any idea how to grow it, but that didn’t deter us. I had visions of mashed celery root and celery root fries dancing in my head. It did very well, which kind of surprises me. Alas, we never really did get a handle on when we were supposed to harvest it. Rick thought we needed to take it out of the ground before the first frost. Since it’s usually in season in the late winter, I thought we should let it go a while. Rick won. He wanted the space for something else.

So, I got only enough celery root to make mashed celery root. I will have to buy celery root for my fries later this winter.

I also got one of the three leeks that grew in the garden (I’m not sure if Rick just didn’t plant more or if only three survived). Rick was off hunting, so I took my opportunity to make a Susan dinner—mashed celery root with sauteed leeks and mushrooms. (I sauted the mushrooms and leeks in a little butter and red wine.) I was in absolute heaven eating it!

I make two versions of mashed celery root: dairy and dairy-free. For this meal I made dairy-free, mostly because I didn’t have any cream on hand. To be honest, I really can’t tell the difference between the two. The celery root has such a strong flavor, it overpowers the other flavors. And it’s plenty creamy with olive oil alone.

If you’ve grown celery root, I’d love to hear how long you left it in the ground…we’re very curious here.

mashed celery root

Have I mentioned how much I love celery root? Mushrooms are a very close second too. This dinner was heaven.

Recipe: Mashed Celery Root

Summary: a creamy comfort food to substitute with potatoes

Ingredients

  • 2 large celery root bulbs
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil.
  2. While the water boils, peel the celery root (I usually cut off the skin with my knife) and cut into chunks.
  3. Boil for about 20 minutes, or until tender.
  4. Drain off the water and transfer the celery root to a food processor (using your S blade).
  5. Add about half of the olive oil and process. Add more olive oil as need to get the consistency you want.
  6. Process until creamy (this can take up to 5 minutes). Add salt and pepper and serve.

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Cooking time: 20 minute(s)

Diet type: Vegan

Diet tags: Gluten free

Culinary tradition: French

Copyright © Susan Rose.

 


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Sweet Potato Chips


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sweet potato chips

Sweet potato chips are healthy and delicious!

I love, love, love sweet potato chips, although they’ve always come out a little too mushy for me. I couldn’t figure out why, but thought it may have something to do with the fact of I’ve never used an actual recipe to make them. Perhaps it had something to do with the oven temperature or amount of oil…


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Persimmon Cream Recipe


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persimmon cream recipe

Persimmon cream is a little bit of work to make, but totally worth the effort.

I can honestly say that persimmons are not a fruit I usually think about eating. I didn’t even really know that the Virginia persimmons (Diospyros virginiana) were edible, except that the deer really like them. But this year, the persimmon trees where Rick hunts are going insane! They are just bursting with fruit. So Saturday, Rick and I foraged for some persimmons with dreams of a delightful fruiting desert in our heads (we landed on a persimmon cream recipe). I only came back with a few scrapes. Alas, Rick got some poison ivy

persimmons

Virginia persimmons are smaller than the persimmons in the grocery store, but just as sweet.

Here are some things to know if you decide to forage for persimmons.

  1. When they drop to the ground, they kind of explode. It’s a messy business.
  2. They’re ready to eat when they are just shy of rotting (it’s called bleeting). This adds to the messiness.
  3. You can ripen them after harvesting.

We ended up with what I thought was a lot of persimmons. But when I got through the pulping process, I only had a little over a cup of fruit.

persimmon pulp

To make persimmon pulp, just press the persimmons through the colander. Easy.

To pulp persimmon, all you have to do is put the persimmons in a colander and press them through, as show in the picture here.

Persimmons pulped, it was time to make the persimmon cream. I love a recipe that only calls for three ingredients! The cream is from Trickling Springs Creamery and the honey is local, raw honey from Maryland.

This persimmon cream recipe caught my attention because it can be frozen and eaten like an ice cream. I haven’t tried it yet, but I’ve got six little cups of it in the freezer right now. I did, however, sample the cream…and then tried a few more samples. Light and airy and very complex. Totally delightful.

persimmon cream

A lovely bite of persimmon cream.

Recipe: Persimmon Cream

Summary: a light, yet complex fruit dessert

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups persimmon pulp
  • 1 TBS raw honey
  • 1 pint heavy whipping cream

Instructions
making persimmon cream

  1. Make the persimmon pulp as show above. Puree it in the blender to smooth it out.
  2. Stir the honey into the persimmon puree.
  3. In another bowl, beat the cream until stiff peaks form.
  4. Fold the persimmon into the whipped cream.
  5. Eat immediately or freeze for later.

Variations

you can add more persimmon and/more honey according to taste. I don’t like desserts that are too sweet, so I go lighter on the honey.

Preparation time: 20 minute(s)

Cooking time:

Number of servings (yield): 8

Copyright © Susan Rose.

 


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