”England and America are two countries divided by a common language.” So said the Anglo-Irish playwright and Fabian socialist George Bernard Shaw.
I wrote yesterday about courgettes (aka zucchini). Why Americans and Canadians adopted the Italian word and British adopted the French word is a mystery to me. Today, I’m writing about celeriac which is better known as celery root in the States.
This is a delicious alternative to mashed potatoes. Unfortunately, it’s more of a paleo dish than keto because of the moderate carbs. A 100g has about 9 grams of carbohydrates. Not bad for most people out there, but not good for this diabetic. I made it for my better half and had a tablespoon of the stuff.
- One celeriac
- Five tablespoons of butter
- A generous glug of double cream or coconut cream (around 100ml) – optional
- Three cloves of garlic, peeled and crushed – optional
- Salt and pepper to taste
- A teaspoon of dried thyme
- Slice off the muddy bits of the celeriac.
- Chop the celeriac into small chunks.
- Melt two tablespoons of butter in a large pot; throw in the celeriac and garlic.
- Fry at medium heat for twenty minutes.
- Once you get a light browning on the celeriac, pour water into the pot so the celeriac is just covered. Bring water to a vigorous boil.
- Boil for around thirty minutes stirring occasionally. Make sure you top up the water if necessary so the celeriac does not stick and burn.
- Once the celeriac becomes soft, mash it with a potato masher.
- Stir the celeriac and keep mashing until it is somewhat smooth and mushy. Add the dried thyme.
- Keep stirring so the celeriac does not stick, you can reduce the heat at this point to low medium. At this stage you just want to evaporate the water.
- When the celeriac has the consistency of mashed potatoes, add the rest of the butter and cream. Give the celeriac a good stir and reduce again. This will take five minutes or so.
This may sound like a lot of work, but it’s not. Most of the work is just keeping an eye on things and giving the occasional stir. Enjoy.