Our local farmers market in Santa Barbara is a chef's Disneyland. This past week, Roots Farm had a huge display of celery root. Celery root is a humble, unassuming vegetable. When given the royal treatment, however, it is delicious. It works well in soups, as a julienne nest for fish, chicken and pork and can make a delicious mashed vegetable foil for roasts. I have also made flan-like mousses with chopped truffles. Here are a pair of recipes featuring this under appreciated vegetable.
Chef Michael Hutchings