Rich Celery Root Puree

This is the essence of simplicity, celery root enriched with chicken stock and cream so that all you taste is that fresh celery root flavor. I serve this with a simple roast pork and a bottle of full-bodied Chardonnay; I’m in heaven. You can easily make this a day in advance and reheat it before dinner.

Recipe courtesy of "Barefoot Contessa How Easy Is That?" by Ina Garten/Crown Publishing Group, 2010.

Ina Garten

Rich Celery Root Puree

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    Ingredients

    5 pounds celery root (2 large) 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
    2 tablespoons unsalted butter 4 teaspoons kosher salt
    1 1/2 cups chicken stock, preferably homemade 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

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    • 1

      Peel the celery roots with a large chef’s knife and cut each one in half. With the cut side down, cut it in 1/2-inch dice, removing any brown spots. Be careful -- keep your fingers out of the way of the knife!

    • 2

      Melt the butter in a large heavy-bottomed pot over medium-high heat. Add the celery root and saute for 3 minutes, stirring to coat with the butter. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover the pan, and cook for 10 minutes. Add the chicken stock, cream, salt, and pepper and bring to a boil. Lower the heat, cover, and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring once, until the celery root is very tender.

    • 3

      In batches, transfer the mixture to a food processor fitted with the steel blade and puree until smooth. Return the puree to the pot and reheat gently over low heat. Check the seasonings -- it should be very highly seasoned -- and serve hot.

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