Friday, December 28, 2012

Go-With-Everything Celery Root Puree

Who knew ?  Dorie - that's who.
  Per Tricia~
I learned two wonderful things this week. 
First, Nana explained to me that I could simply go online to our
 local Wegman's to search their inventory. Yes, I could confirm 
from my warm  kitchen that they indeed had those celery roots 
before I even had to start the car. Way to go Nana !! 
 The second thing I learned I owe to Dorie.  
That horrible looking celery roots can be tamed into a lovely mash 
that is sweet, delicious and has a surprisingly lovely celery flavor. As 
I skinned  the root I had my doubts that I would ever do this again,
 or want to- but I have to admit that the dish was truly wonderful.  
All of my guys thought it was amazing and have asked for me
 to make it again.  Now that I just click onto the local grocery
 store........thanks Nana and Dorie !! 
Per Nana~
How can something so ugly turn into something so tasty?
I have never used celery root before, did not even know 
what it looked like until I searched Wegman's website to
 see if they even carried it. With the potato and onions added
 to it, this really turned into a lovely side dish.

I plan to serve it tonight with a mini choucroute, sauerkraut,
 mini franks and kielbasa.  After a week of cleaning, cooking and
 eating fish, a good dish of choucroute is going to taste mighty good.
The recipe is really quick and easy.

I would like to add a picture of a recipe for Crab Louis that I made
 for our Christmas Eve feast of seven fishes.  I took the recipe off
 the internet ,  I believe it came from Wolfgang Puck.  It was so 
simple to make and looked so elegant. I used this as our first course,
 and I think everyone truly loved it.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas, and hubby and I
 enjoyed the card exchange very much.
Looking forward to cooking with everyone in 2013.  


  1. Way to go Nana - on the Crab Louis and the scouting know how :-)
    Glad this was a hit all around - I guess the old adage about juding a root by it gnarliness fits here.
    Have a wonderful New Year, ladies!

  2. Happy New Year to you both! Glad you enjoyed this. Love the Crab St Louis Nana.

  3. The celery root puree was tasty, and I'm glad you both liked it. However, I think that Crab Louis wins the beauty prize. Happy New Year! Looking forward to continuing to cook with you on Fridays!

  4. So happy that you both liked this! Nana, your idea of sausages, etc. sounds like a great idea. Your Crab Louis is amazing looking!! The cards were fun!! Thanks for the cute picture!

    Happy New Year to you all!

  5. I really enjoyed this one too! Who knew that such an ugly root could taste so good! Both of your dishes look wonderful. I so enjoyed the card exchange too…it really was a fun thing to do! Your Crab Louis looks amazing, Nana…I would love to give that a try!

    May you both have a healthy and blessed New Year! See you in 2013!

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  7. Oh, man, that Crab Louis looks terrific! So does the celery root, for that matter, even if it hasn't been my favorite Dorie recipe. It does make for a pretty dish. Happy New Year to you both!

  8. Tricia and Nana: both your Celery Root Purees look delicious! The presentations with fresh thyme as well as with fresh chives look so nice! I am glad that both of you enjoyed this recipe so much - we use Celeriac quite a bit around here, so it is really easy to find in stores and it was not really a surprise to me that the kids liked the puree. I would like to take the opportunity to send you and your families the very best wishes for the new year! Looking forward to many cooking adventures in 2013! Greetings also from all my kids who so enjoy all the wonderful Christmas cards that I proudly display in our living room! "Frohes Neues Jahr! - Happy New Year!"

  9. Wonderful! We were surprised at how nice this dish was as well. The crab looks wonderful Happy new year!

  10. I'm so glad you both enjoyed this puree...hasn't Dorie introduced us to so much in the culinary world? And, Nana, that Crab Louis looks superb! I need to find an excuse to make it :) Happy New Year!

  11. The Crab Louis looks so beautiful! I agree, the puree was a wonderful surprise. Happy New Year!

  12. Wow! I'm blown away by the Crab Louis!

    You 2 are so brave. When I pointed out the celery roots at our market, John had no desire to try it. I'm glad to hear you enjoyed it - I know Trevor has always said how good it is.

    I wish you every happiness in 2013!

  13. Kudos for your attempts! Happy New Year!

  14. Nana, so many of you Doristas participated in the Christmas Eve Feast of Seven Fishes with beautiful dishes. Your Crab Louis was just lovely looking and I have to know it tasted delicious. So glad that both of your houses enjoyed the celery root purée as much as we did here. I would have enjoyed being at your house, Nana, for the mini choucroute, which sounds very tasty. May you and your families have a happy and healthy year ahead. I look forward to another year of cooking with you both.