Every now and then I make something for me. All for me. This is one of those dishes that was not destined to be shared with anyone. That I had no one else in mind to eat besides me. No worring about what anyone else with think. Just a simple little dish that I was craving and wanting.
So I made it and man, was it so freaking satisfying. Cooking for oneself is very much a gratifying experience.
Celeriac, or also know as celery root. Have you ever had it? If not, well duder, you need to. It is in my top 3 favorite vegetables and that is saying a lot. So anyway, celeriac, has a slight celery taste, but also kind of earthy and nutty. It pairs well with anything that a potato might, but also is amazing on it’s own. Roasted, steamed, raw. Just really fantastic. And it is in season so get on it and go find yourself some.
And lentils. In my top 3 favorite foods. Made them crispy because pureed celeriac and crispy lentils just sounded right and I love me crispy things. Again, I was making this dish fo me so crispy was happening.
Together, the creamy, delicious pureed celeriac covered with a bunch of spiced, crispy lentil….Amazing. Eating it, I couldn’t have been happier. I did myself one good with this one.
I might even have to make it to share someday.
Now to the celeriac and lentils!
The stuff. A bulb of celeriac, some cooked lentils, salt and pepper, chili powder, garlic powder. mustard powder, and oil. (oil is optional)
The celeriac. Ok, so most people peel it. I actually get weird looks from people when I tell them I don't , but let me do me, you know. So anyway. Peel it if you want, or not, just cut it up into chunks.
Place cut up celeriac into a pot and cover with water. Place on stove on medium heat and cook until fork tender.
Lentils meet spices and get mix all together. Add a pinch of salt and lots of cracked pepper too.
Spread now spiced lentils onto a baking sheet, pop into oven, and bake until crispy. Easy peasy.
And to puree the celeriac. Strain any extra water into a cup. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper and grab the hand blender (or regular blender) and blend it, adding back in some of the strained water as needed, to get to a consistency that you like. Me, I liked it pretty smooth, but also with a little chunk. Heck, you could leave it really chunky or go all out completely smooth. Up to you. Also if you want a creamier texture, add in a teaspoon or so of the olive oil. That is a taste preference. I didn't add oil this time, but I have before. It’s good both ways.
And there you have it. Add the celeriac puree to a bowl, top with crispy lentils, and garnish with something green if you want.
Then eat it.
Not going to lie. After this picture was taken, I busted out the spicy mustard and covered everything with it. And it was amazing.
Celeriac Puree With Crispy Lentils
serves 1 as a meal, or a few as a side dish
1 1/2 cups cooked green lentils
1 large celeriac bulb (soft ball sized)
1 teaspoon chili power
1/2 teaspoon ground mustard powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
salt and pepper
olive oil (optional)
Grab celeriac and peel if you want, or just give it a really good wash. Cut into chunks and place into pot. Add enough water to just cover the celeriac and place on medium heat on the stove. Cook until fork tender.
In the mean time, mix all the spices and a good pinch of salt and lots of pepper together with the lentils. Dump them and spread them out onto a lightly oiled baking sheet. Place in oven and turn to 400 degrees (you can start cooking the lentils while the oven is preheating). Bake for about 20 minutes or until lentils are crispy.
Once the celeriac is tender, strain water into a cup and either with a hand blender or a regular blender, blend until smooth, adding in some of the poured off water as needed. You can puree as smoothly as you like or leave a few chunks.. Also, you might want to add in a teaspoon or so of olive oil for a slightly richer and creamier taste. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Ehen the lentils are done, take them from oven. Place large amount (or all) of the celeriac puree to a bowl, cover with some (or all) of the crispy lentils and that is that. Eat away.
Serving suggestion…. Mustard. Any kind. So good.