Celery root purée, celery root boiled until soft, then mashed with butter and cream.
- 2 pounds celery root
- 1/2 cup milk or cream
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- Salt to taste
- Chopped celery root leaves, for garnish (optional)
1 Bring a large pot of salted water to a simmer (1 Tbsp of salt for every 2 quarts of water) while you peel the celery roots with a knife. Cut the celery roots into 1-inch pieces and boil for 25-30 minutes, until soft
2 Drain the celery roots, return them to the pot to the stovetop on low. Let the celery roots steam for a minute or to, shaking the pan a bit to prevent sticking.
3 Add the milk or cream, butter and a generous pinch of salt and mash with a potato masher until it is as smooth as you like it. Add salt to taste and garnish with the celery root leaves, if using.
Yield: Serves 6-8 as a side dish.