(celery root)Biennial usually grown as annual for edible root. Hardy.
Value: Rich in potassium; moderate amounts of vitamin C.
Containing only 14 calories per 4 oz., celeriac is excellent for anyone on a diet. Scrub the bulb well to remove dirt before peeling it discolors rapidly when cut; put immediately into acidulate water. Shredded celeriac can be added raw to winter salads. Alternatively, blanch the slices or cubes in boiling water for a few seconds beforehand. In France it is cut into cubes and mixed with mayonnaise and Dijon mustard to make celeri-rave remoulade. The bulb adds flavor to soups or stews and is good with lamb or beef; pureed or seasoned with pepper, salt and butter, it is an ideal accompaniment for stronger- flavored game. The leaves are strongly flavored and can be used sparingly to garnish salads or dried for use in cooking. The stems can be cooked and eaten like sea kale. Celeriac can be made into delicious “fries”: boil a whole, peeled root in salted water until just tender and then cut into sticks and fry in a mixture of butter and oil until lightly browned. These fries make an excellent accompaniment to game or plain broiled steaks. Boiled and sliced, celeriac can be covered with a cheese sauce well flavored with French mustard. It also makes an excellent soup.
Monkfish With Celeriac
1½ lb. Monkfish, cut into chunks
1 large onion, finely sliced
1 carrot, peeled and cut into julienne strips
½ cup celeriac, cut into julienne strips
1 stick butter
1 tablespoon flour
2 teaspoons French mustard
2 tablespoons yogurt
1 tablespoon heavy cream salt and freshly ground black pepper
Season the Monkfish and prepare the vegetables. Heat half the butter in a heavy sauté pan and cook the monkfish gently for about 7-8 minutes, turning it until just tender. Remove from the pan and keep warm. Using the rest of the butter, add the vegetables to the pan and sauté until soft. Stir in the flour and cook for a couple of minutes; then add the mustard, yogurt, and cream. Stir well and heat through gently. Put the fish pieces in, stir to coat well, and serve piping hot.
Celeriac oil has a calming effect and is a traditional remedy for skin complaints and rheumatism. It is also said to restore sexual potency after illness! Celeriac is rich in calcium phosphorus, and vitamin C.