So when I was out shopping the other day and discovered 4 specimen in the supermarket, I was delighted. Three of them jumped into my trolley and one was left behind, all by its lonesome, hoping another 'adventurous' cook would take pity and take it home.
Meals containing celeriac are comforting to me and at the same time they exude festivity.
So, what do you think ? Shall I give you the soup recipe now ?
I made double the amount of the recipe that follows, because I had a dinner party and wanted some soup for the freezer.
- 2 tbsp butter, or sunflower oil
- 1 onion, peeled and roughly chopped
- 1 carrot, peeled and roughly cut
- 1 medium parsnip, peeled and roughly cut
- 1 small sized (like in the pic above) or half a large one
- 1 fat garlic clove, peeled and roughly chopped
- 1 bay leaf
- sprig of thyme
- 2 ltr vegetable stock
- 250 ml double cream
- seasoning (salt & black pepper)
Here is how you go about cutting and peeling a celeriac.
Halve the beast with a large kitchen knife and cut into 2 cm slices. Peel with a paring knife (a potato peeler is not up to this). Cut into batons, then cubes.
- Melt the butter (or heat up the oil) in a large cooking pot, on the hob
- Sautee the vegetables with the herbs and garlic for 5 to 10 minutes.
- Add the stock and bring to the boil
- Let it simmer/rolling boil with or without lid till the veg are tender.
- If you cook your soup without lid, the stock will reduce much more than when you cover the pot and you will get a much thicker consistency. You'll get the same result if you cook for much longer than strictly needed. But that isn't necessarily a bad thing. It is all a matter of preference.
- With a stick blender, but not before you take out the bay leaf and woody thyme, turn this into a smooth soup. You can blend with any blender obviously, but why make life difficult for yourself. Invest in a stick blender. My second one in 30 something years has been going strong for nigh on 20.
You see this ? That is too thick for my liking. I don't want to use a knife to cut the soup.
- If you feel your soup is too thick, add boiling water to the pot and cook through again for a few minutes.
- Add cream too, if you so wish, and adjust seasoning with sea salt and plenty of black pepper.
Smooth and velvety. Dunk in a chunk of quality bread.
We like it with Blue Cheese and Nut Bread for which the recipe is in the making. So please come back for that at least.