I joke that celery root tastes like celery if celery actually tasted good; for the most part, this is true. The flavor is quite mild and pleasant, and the texture is somewhat similar to mashed potatoes. This simple puree is a very versatile side dish, but the tasty root will also work sliced thin and layered in a gratin, either with or without potatoes. I hope you give this great fall and winter vegetable a try soon.

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place celery root, 1/2 of the lemon juice, and kosher salt in a large pot and cover with water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Drain.

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  • Blend celery root, cream, and butter in a blender until smooth. Push puree into a bowl through a fine-mesh strainer with a wooden spoon or spatula until puree is completely smooth. Drizzle remaining lemon juice into puree and season with salt and cayenne pepper.

Cook's Note:

You can substitute milk for the heavy whipping cream, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

139.4 calories; 2.5 g protein; 14.7 g carbohydrates; 28.3 mg cholesterol; 232.9 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (10)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
03/22/2016
Who needs the carbs from potatoes when you have celery root. Absolutely loved this. Next time I will add some Cumin. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
11/20/2015
I was really looking forward to trying this but I found the lemon was too over powering. Next time I will only put a little in and taste it and not be so trusting and dump all the juice in. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/21/2016
Who needs the carbs from potatoes when you have celery root. Absolutely loved this. Next time I will add some Cumin. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/26/2019
I admit the only reason I used this recipe was because someone gave us a celery root and I said WTF how do I use this. We'll let me tell you it's better than mashed potatoes...I'm not kidding. I did only use a couple teaspoons of lemon juice to cook, did not add later. Did not use the salt to boiling, but used a teaspoon when celery root was in the Vitamix. Used 1/2 and 1/2 and the butter. If you have a Vitamix you can skip the straining at the end. CREAMY! SMOOTH!! INCREDIBLY TASTY!!!! Chef John did it again...with such a basic recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/21/2015
Family loved it. Great alternative to mashed potatoes. I made cashew cream instead of using heavy cream to avoid dairy. Food processor worked perfectly to get it to the right consistency. Doubled the recipe for four and wasn't much left over. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
11/20/2015
I was really looking forward to trying this but I found the lemon was too over powering. Next time I will only put a little in and taste it and not be so trusting and dump all the juice in. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/04/2018
I made it without the dairy and substituted a little bit of olive oil- fantastic. Well definitely be making this again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/10/2014
I followed the recipe as written. It turned out as described in the video. I pureed it in my food processor and I didn't need to strain it Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/03/2018
Where was this all my life! It is wonderful. I found the secret to a great celery root purée. It is picking the root with the full green celery stalks still attached. It is more tender easier to cut and peel and totally delicious. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/07/2018
What an unusual and appealing flavor. Will go with many dishes! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
04/20/2019
This is a terrific recipe! I ve made celery root before but wasn t totally satisfied. I can t wait to serve it!! Thanks! Read More