How to be creative with seasonal celeriac

by | Jan 10, 2021 | Dinner, Recipe | 0 comments

Celeriac ribbons tossed with chard, garlic & pumpkin seeds

Celeriac is in season right now, but many people don’t really know what to do with it. It works well steamed or mashed, like potato, or roasted in the oven – but here’s a novel and delicious recipe (courtesy of BBC Good Food) that uses it in a rather different way. Enjoy!

Serves 2

INGREDIENTS:

1 small celeriac, peeled

1 lemon

40g pumpkin seeds

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

15g butter

4 thyme sprigs (leaves only)

2 finely chopped cloves of garlic

½ tsp dried chili flakes

1 bunch chard, leaves separated from stalks. Stalks sliced and leaves shredded

20g pecorino

METHOD

  1. Using a vegetable peeler, cut long, wide strips (about the width of parpadelle pasta) around the circumference of the celeriac, into a bowl of water and lemon juice, until you have lots of ribbons. Allow for more than you would if using pasta.
  2. Dry-fry the pumpkin seeds in a pan until they’ve puffed and popped. Set aside.
  3. Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil. Add the celeriac for 1 min, drain and reserve the water. In a non-stick frying pan, heat the oil and butter until the butter has melted and foamed up. Add the thyme, garlic and chilli.
  4. Cook the garlic mixture for 5 mins until fragrant and almost golden, add the chard stalks and stir, cooking for a couple more mins. Add the pumpkin seeds and the chard leaves, season and squeeze in some lemon juice. Turn up the heat and stir in half the grated cheese. Add the celeriac and a slosh of the cooking water and toss, shaking the pan until the sauce looks glossy. Divide between plates, top with more cheese and serve.

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