Do you want a healthy, satisfying but low-calorie side dish? Prepare the Celery root puree! This extra fine, creamy and fragrant puree is ready in less than an hour and will surely please everyone.
Celery root, also known as celeriac is an aromatic plant that gives an extraordinary flavor, whether in soups, side dishes, or salads. It can be paired with almost any dish, balancing even the most sophisticated ones. Its white flesh similar to the potato is hidden under the rough exterior.
For a long time, I skip even to taste celery root (celeriac) puree being not a big fan of this vegetable. But one of my friends always insisted to have me taste it in one famous in our town restaurant. And you know once I tried it I discovered an extraordinary taste. Since then I have been trying to reproduce that recipe. I was continuously searching the recipe in various recipe books and on the food blogs and finely I find a recipe that satisfies my tastes.
This celery root puree recipe is very simple to prepare and is always on demand in my house. Even though it has a pale, simple, plain color, this celery root puree is very healthy, nutritious, and delicious. Definitely served next to a roasted rabbit, fish, or some fritters, this puree will win its throne.
Now I can say there is neither puree recipe that I like more than the celery one. So today I will share with you this super, super tasty recipe!
Is celery root (celeriac) the same as celery?
Both celery root ( also known as celeriac) and celery are members of the same family of vegetables. But celery root is not the root of the vegetable we call celery (the green stalks), it is just a close relative to it. Celeriac is cultivated only for its root and has a much more delicate celery flavor.
Do you need to peel celery root?
If you didn’t try celery root (celeriac) because of its strange lookless appearance, this will get you hooked. I assure you that this vegetable will win you over with its creamy texture and mild celery flavor.
Celery root definitely needs to be peeled. It may seem scary to peel this vegetable but it is actually quite simple. Before peeling wash and scrub the celery to remove any dirt. Then instead of vegetable peeler use a sharp knife for peeling celeriac as its’ skin is too tough and bumpy.
Is celery root good for the keto diet?
Celery root, commonly known as celeriac is a perfect keto-friendly root vegetable. Besides being a lower carb starch compared to its root “friends”, celery root is loaded with important vitamins and minerals. This nutritional powerhouse is packed with fiber and vitamins B6, K, and C.
This versatile root can be eaten both raw and cooked. Include celery root in your keto diet or low-carb diet as a substitute for potatoes and other root vegetables high in carbohydrates.
How to make celery root puree?
This great celeriac puree has a wonderful taste, also it has a rich, creamy, and soft texture. I like it also as it is much healthier, as well as tastier, rather an ordinary potato puree. I am eager to always make healthy purees like spinach, celery, parsnips, and others as they perfectly complement the main course dish.
Making the celery root puree is quite easy, especially if you are using irreplaceable Instant Pot. Just place all ingredients and start it.
Prepare the vegetables. Using a good sharp knife clean and peel one large celery root (about 2 lb). Then cut it into about 2-inch cubes. Now peel and dice in cubes 2 potatoes. Finely chop one onion and 3 cloves of garlic.
Set the “saute” program on the Instant Pot for 25 minutes and wait for it to read HOT. Add 2 tablespoon of butter and once shimmering add onions and garlic. Cook for about 2 minutes. Then drop the diced celery root and potatoes. Stirring occasionally let it simmer for 5-7 minutes. Furthermore, add 1 tbs of salt and 1 bay leaf. Pour the water just to cover the vegetables ( about 1 cup). Close the instant pot lid and leave it to cook.
When the time is almost complete (2-3 minutes left), open the lid carefully. *At this point drains the excess liquid in case you want the puree thicker and sets it aside. Then add ½ cup of heavy cream and leave to complete the program. Mash the vegetables using a hand blender or food processor. If the puree is too thick add more saved liquid. Season with granulated garlic and black pepper if desired.
How to serve celery root (celeriac) puree?
Now you could see how quick and simple a real weeknight meal is prepared. It would nicely and healthily decorate any anniversary or holiday table.
This puree is the perfect companion to any main dish, especially to pork. See below some delicious recipes that will pair with celery root puree:
- Crispy Butterflied Chicken
- Grilled Turkey Kabobs
- Rolled Pork Tenderloin
- Pork Ribs
- Jucy Pork Steak
- Chicken Schnitzel
How to store celery root (celeriac) puree?
To refrigerate celeriac puree allow it to cool first at room temperature. Then, transfer it in airtight containers and store up to 3-4 days. Reheat the puree on the stove on low heat.
I do not recommend freezing the already cooked puree as it doesn’t taste fresh after thawing. Anyway if you are always in lack of time, you can freeze separate ready-to-cook vegetables. Then, when you crave delicious puree just drop all ingredients in the Instant Pot and simmer for half an hour! Enjoy!
Instant Pot Fragrant Celery Root Puree
- instant pot
- 2 lb celery root
- 2 potatoes
- 1 onion
- 3 garlic cloves
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 tsp ground garlic
- black pepper to taste
- Prepare the vegetables. Using a good sharp knife clean and peel one large celery root (about 2 lb). Then cut it into about 2-inch cubes. Now peel and dice in cubes 2 potatoes. Finely chop one onion and 3 cloves of garlic.
- Set the “saute” program on the Instant Pot for 25 minutes and wait for it to read HOT. Add 2 tablespoon of butter and once shimmering add onions and garlic. Cook for about 2 minutes. Then drop the diced celery root and potatoes. Stirring occasionally let it simmer for 5-7 minutes. Furthermore, add 1 tbs of salt and 1 bay leaf. Pour the water just to cover the vegetables ( about 1 cup). Close the instant pot lid and leave it to cook.
- When the time is almost complete (2-3 minutes left), open the lid carefully. Then add ½ cup of heavy cream and leave to complete the program. Mash the vegetables using a hand blender or food processor. Season with granulated garlic and black pepper if desired.
Uhm, what setting do you use on the Instant Pot? For how long?
I have used the “saute” program for 25 minutes.