Celeriac Fries

by Her Happy Balance on November 11, 2013

What would you say if I told you that you could make something friggin’ delicious out of these monstrosities? 

Celeriac

I promise, I haven’t gone off my rocker. Those bulbous, funky lookin’ blobs are called celeriac, and they can actually be really tasty. Pinky promise. I like to think of celeriac as the ogre toe of the vegetable kingdom. The ugly step sister to beautiful, long and lean celery. But just to get this out of the way right now, I think uncooked celery is pretty much THE grossest thing ever. When I was chopping/cooking the celeriac it smelled like a celery explosion in my kitchen, which is essentially the food equivalent of my nightmare. Have I convinced you this is going to be an awesome recipe yet?! Keep reading, please 🙂 Aside from the smell though, celeriac really didn’t have much in common (taste-wise) with celery. In fact, it had the consistency of a potato once it was cooked. Hello, happy starches! 

Celeriac Fries on Baking Sheet

So, Leslee, why are you cooking celeriac?! Oh you know, cause I saw these little guys and felt bad for them and wanted to give them a happy home in my kitchen and belly. The usual.

Actually, I received the celeriac through my last CSA haul of the year (tear!) and I wanted to up my cooking skills with a challenge. It just so happened that cooking the celeriac was super simple and not challenging at all! It was mostly a “set it and forget it” side dish. Plus, celeriac is a really healthy and legit veggie. It is an awesome source of vitamin K, vitamin C, phosphorous, and fiber! So let’s get cookin’!

Celeriac Fries

Celeriac Fries
Serves 4
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
38 min
Total Time
43 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
38 min
Total Time
43 min
Ingredients
  1. 3 Bulbs of Celeriac (Approx. 3 lbs.)
  2. 2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
  3. Sprinkle of Garlic Salt
  4. Sprinkle of Kosher Salt
  5. Fresh Ground Pepper
Instructions
  1. Remove the outer covering of celeriac with a knife. Next, cut your celeriac into fry-shaped pieces, the skinnier the better. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil, add in the celeriac and let it boil for 2 minutes. After boiling, drain quickly in a colander and immediately place the celeriac fries into a bowl of ice water. Let the veggies rest for 10 minutes in the water. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. After the 10 minutes has passed, drain, and coat in olive oil. Place the fries on the baking sheet in a single layer. Season your fries with garlic salt, kosher salt, and pepper. Place under the broiler for 26 minutes or until golden brown, flipping half way through. Enjoy!
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When I tasted my first celeriac fry I was OVERJOYED that they had only the slightest teeny tiny hint of a celery taste to them. They mostly just took on the taste of the garlic and pepper. I liked the skinny and well done fries the best. And if you close your eyes, and dip them in ketchup, you might even mistake them for homemade potato french fries, no lie! 🙂

Celeriac fries with ketchup

 

I had my mother try them and she said, and I quote, “the first fry was a little different, but then I kept eating them and they were pretty addicting!” There you have it ladies and gents, that statement is coming from my mother who doesn’t even like quinoa. I would definitely make these again and you should too, because this is actually the “in” season for celeriac. Farm to table, people.  Next up, I’m going to try them mashed…because everything cooked in potato form is a win. 

PS– I made this pin of the whole process, if you’re interested. I was feeling crafty 😉

Thoughts??
Have you ever heard of celeriac before?
Do you like celery raw? If so, I think you are an incredible (albeit crazy) human being.

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meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles November 11, 2013 at 7:08 am

I have never heard of it but I feel like there are so many vegetables we don’t often see or learn about. Looks delicious!

Jessie November 11, 2013 at 7:08 am

I just saw Celeriac @ the grocery store the other day. However, Ii eyed it and kept walking. If I see something that looks strange, I sometimes become intimidated Ha Ha! Thanks for letting me know it’s actually good 🙂

Have a fabulous day!

Ashley from Sweaty Girl in a Fur-Covered World November 11, 2013 at 7:37 am

I’ve never heard of this veggie or even seen it before. I’d definitely try it if I could find it though. Might have to take a trip to Jungle Jim’s in Cincy to see if they have it.

Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat November 11, 2013 at 9:50 am

I’ve never heard of celeriac before or even seen it in the grocery store, but it looks awfully good! I’ll keep my eye out for it!

Nicole @ Fruitnfitness November 11, 2013 at 9:52 am

I think I have seen that at the store before but had no idea what it was or how to use it. I actually really like the crunch of raw celery! I don’t think it’s a filling veggie and know it’s not much more than water but it’s a great snack when your not really hungry but want to snack. I might have to give its ugly sister a try, these baked fries sound good.

Sarah @ Sweet Miles November 11, 2013 at 11:00 am

I’ll be honest I’ve NEVER even heard of Celeriac!! I kept thinking maybe you meant celery, ha. They do look fantastic however! So maybe I will need to try them!!!

Chelsea @ A Fit LittleOne November 11, 2013 at 11:22 am

I have never heard of this!! But it looks too good!!! I might have to go out and try and find it. I’m not the biggest fan of celery, but have been craving it lately, which is odd to me.

Jess November 11, 2013 at 9:57 pm

Oh they look really delicious! I love home made fries! They are so much better!

Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health November 12, 2013 at 12:51 pm

Wow, I am impressed! Celeriac is so scary looking that it intimidates me but you managed to make some delicious looking fries out of it. Yum!

Becky@TheSavedRunner November 12, 2013 at 5:47 pm

Ooh these look delicious! To be honest, I have never even heard of celeriac before! Do most grocery stores sell them?

Kristina @ Damn Ten Pounds November 13, 2013 at 6:40 pm

Leslee, I’m scared. Hold me. Those things are hideous. But the final product looks pretty tasty so maybe it’s worth a try. I wouldn’t even know where to find these, but if I do, I won’t judge the book by its cover 🙂

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