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Celeriac chips

March 5, 2012

Day two of the celeriac fest. There is still some of yesterday’s mashed celeriac left – I was going to hide it in the vegetable curry I intended to cook, but I decided it probably wouldn’t work. So I thought I’d use up the other half of the raw celeriac on something Arlo and Poppy might eat. Celeriac’s quite nice raw in a celeryish parsnippy way. I like celery (only if it’s raw, mind) but celeriac has that sweet rootiness I find hard to cope with.  I figured if it’s raw or only just cooked, it might be more palatable. 

So we had celeriac chips (or fries if you call them that) which aren’t chips because they are deep fried, but because that’s the shape. Peel and chop the celeriac into chips plunging them into acidulated water while you cut them all. Drain them and pat them dry quickly and then add them to a frying pan into which you’ve put a little olive oil, two teaspoons of smoked paprika, a teaspoon of mint, and a generous grinding of salt and black pepper. Stir fry the celeriac chips for a few minutes until they are coated in the spices and are a little softened. They need to have quite a bite to them – definitely stop cooking before they go sweet and starchy. Serve immediately with mayonnaise and fool the kids(?)

Well, Poppy wasn’t fooled. “I’ve dipped my finger in the sauce and I don’t like the spices” she said as she made herself toast and miso soup. Arlo’s response was initially more promising. “Chips?” he said, trying one. He pulled a face and spat it out.”It’s much worse than parsnip” he pronounced. “What am I having for dinner?”

I don’t know why I’m surprised really. Next time I’ll go for the raw option.

I didn’t think it was too bad, but I did add more smoked paprika, salt and pepper to my portion. Worked well with mayonnaise. The beloved thought they were OK, but I feel he’s still more of a parsnip fan at heart. However, the celeriac seeds are planted, and the beloved is hoping for a bumper harvest (because he’s a gardener and it’ll give him a buzz).  Watch out Annie!


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