Herb-baked Celeriac Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium-sized celeriac (celery root)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon mixed dried herbs (your preference – thyme, rosemary, oregano, parsley all work well)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4-5 cloves garlic, unpeeled
  • Optional: 1 tablespoon butter

Instructions:

Preheat Oven:

  • Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).

Prep the Celeriac:

  • Thoroughly scrub the celeriac under running water to remove dirt.
  • Trim away any green tops or excessively rough root ends. There’s no need to peel it.

Season:

  • Drizzle the olive oil over the celeriac and massage it into the surface.
  • Sprinkle the dried herbs, salt, and pepper evenly over the celeriac.

Wrap:

  • Place the celeriac on a large sheet of aluminum foil.
  • Scatter the garlic cloves around the celeriac.
  • Bring the sides of the foil together and tightly seal the package.

Bake:

  • Place the foil package on a baking sheet.
  • Bake for 1.5 to 2 hours, or until the celeriac is very tender when pierced with a knife or a fork.

Check and Finish (Optional):

  • After the initial baking time, carefully open the foil package (watch for steam). If the celeriac isn’t fully tender, reseal the foil and return to the oven for another 15-30 minutes.
  • For a richer flavor, when tender, dot the top of the celeriac with butter, open the foil slightly and bake for another 10-15 minutes to lightly brown the top.

Serve:

  • Serve warm, directly from the foil.
  • To enjoy, cut off the top portion and scoop out the soft, flavorful flesh. You can gently mash it with a fork and some of the roasted garlic for added richness.

Tips:

  • Size matters: Smaller celeriac will cook faster than larger ones. Adjust cooking time accordingly.
  • Garlic goodness: Roast additional garlic cloves if you love them! The roasted garlic becomes soft and sweet.
  • Herb variations: Get creative with your herbs. Explore combinations like rosemary and sage, or thyme and oregano.
  • Serving suggestions: Herb-baked celeriac makes an excellent side dish for roasted meats, fish, or vegetarian entrees.

Comments

No comments yet. Why don’t you start the discussion?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *