Thursday

celery root

celery root is a very strange and scary looking vegetable! but with a little love it can be turned into so many beautiful dishes. i was first introduced to the root as this classic french dish when recipe testing for this cookbook. this luscious rich soup makes a perfect lunch or dinner and pairs nicely with a lovely green salad. it couldn't be easier to make, especially with the help of this fantastic tool! immersion blenders make silky smooth soups in seconds and the whisk attachment means you don't have to lug out the kitchen aid stand mixer for a small bit of whipped cream. next time i grab some celery root at the greenmarket, i'm going to try this beautiful salad!

Celery Root Soup
serves 4

3 leeks, white & yellow only, cleaned & sliced
1 tbs olive oil, plus more for garnish
1 1/2 lbs celery root, peeled & cubed
1 3/4 cups chicken broth
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 slices crispy bacon, crumbled
1/2 tart apple, cut into thin matchsticks
in a medium sized pot, saute leeks in oil until softened, about 8-10 minutes. add celery root, chicken broth and 3 cups of water. bring to a boil, reduce to simmer and cook 30-40 minutes or until celery root is soft. puree with an immersion blender or in batches in a blender. return to pot, off heat and stir in heavy cream and season with salt and pepper to taste. thin soup with a little water until desired consistency is reached. ladle into bowls and garnish with crumbled bacon, sliced apple and a drizzle of olive oil. enjoy!

10 comments:

jen said...

i love celery root! by reading the rest of these ingredients, i am sure i will love this soup!

Blair said...

I love the sound of this soup, the creaminess of the base along with the smokey-ness from the bacon and tartness of the apple.I have often been afraid of the celery root (i must admit!) but i may just have to get over it and whip this up!

nom. nom. nom. said...

The soup sounds amazing. What I really want to know is where did you get that spoon!?!!?? I have this overwhelming need to have one just like it.

bojana said...

i often put diced celery root in soups, and sometimes i even use the green leaves for the soup, too. but i've never made a cream soup with it. i'll try this one.

the purcells said...

The spoon is from the Crate & Barrel outlet online, not sure if it's still available.

Sweet D said...

cannot wait to try this with some homemade focaccia!

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my spatula said...

my idea of a perfect soup. just grabbed some celery root from the farmer's market this weekend, too.

Jenious said...

This soup will serve my introduction to celery root and I can't wait to get started!

Paulina S. said...

If you slice the root lengthwise, dip it in egg, bread it and saute it in some oil you will be suprised how delicate and flavourful the result is

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