Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Roasted Celeriac Soup

Fall, let me count the reasons I love thee...

1.  The weather is perfect!  Sweaters (preferably of the grandpa variety) and sunshine for all!!

2.  Pumpkins are back at the farmer's market!

3.  Hearty soups finally make sense again!

Seriously though, fall is my absolute favorite season.  The cooler days mean that I don't get sweaty on my way to work (or the subway, or the kitchen, or... you get the picture), and the cold nights just beg you to turn on the oven and roast some vegetables (a.k.a the best kind of veggie).
This week I roasted a vegetable that I've been dying to try:



This gnarled rood vegetable is a celery root, or celeriac if you're feeling fancy ;)  Don't be disturbed by it's appearance, this guy has lots of inner beauty.  I roasted him up with some garlic cloves and blended it into a velvety soup.  Recipe at the end of the post!

Other exciting things have been going on for me this week.  Yesterday marked the one year anniversary of this blog.  It's hard to believe that it has been an entire year of food blogging already.  I've learned a lot about cooking and blogging since then, and I hope to carry on for the foreseeable future.  Hopefully this weekend I'll ring in this anniversary with a more appropriately celebratory post.

Anyway, enough of my rambling.  Let's get on to the heart of this post with WIAW!


Breakfast this past Sunday consisted of two buttermilk biscuits topped with sauteed radish greens, a fried egg, and two of the best bacon strips ever. Trader Joe's fiends, you have to try their uncured, nitrate free bacon.  It is leaner and far tastier than any other commercial bacon I've ever had.


Sadly I didn't manage to snap a picture of my picnic lunch.  It included some more buttermilk biscuits, rosemary ham, Gruyere cheese, figs, kale, and some Trilogy kombucha.  A tasty combo I shared with Mr. greenhorn at the Brooklyn Bridge Park. 


The one downside of fall... no natural light for dinner = ugly,  poorly lit pictures.

I was a little apprehensive about trying this vegetable, but my fears were completely misplaced.  Perhaps celeriac is a different beast when prepared another way, but I absolutely loved it roasted.  The celery taste is there, but not in an overwhelming or offensive way.  The sweet richness of the  caramelized onions and roasted garlic balance perfectly with the fresh and slightly bitter celery root in this warm and creamy soup.

Roasted Celeriac Soup


1 celery root, peeled and chopped into 1 inch pieces
6 cloves garlic
2 tbsp olive oil
1 large potato, peeled and thinly sliced
1 large onion, thinly sliced
1 tbsp butter
2 cups chicken stock (or vegetable stock)
2 cups water
a pinch of cayenne
2 tbsp sour cream (or to taste)
kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste 
chives (for garnish)


1.  Preheat the oven to 400F.  On a large foil lined baking sheet toss the celeriac and garlic cloves with 1 tbsp of olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste.  Roast for 35-45 minutes until celeriac is easily pierced with a fork, stirring half way through cook time to prevent burning.
2.  While celeriac is in the oven, heat remaining olive oil and butter in a large pot over medium high heat.  Add the onions and caramelize (about 30 minutes).  Once onions are caramelized, add the potatoes and toss to combine, lightly seasoning with salt and pepper. 
3.  Add the water, chicken stock, celeriac and garlic to the pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and let simmer, covered, for another 10-15 minutes until potatoes are tender.  
4.  Remove pot from heat and allow to cool slightly.  Blend with an immersion blender (or regular blender) and season to taste with salt, pepper, cayenne, and sour cream.  Serve garnished with chives.


  1. Your breakfast looks fantastic girl!

  2. Isn't it sad that there is no longer any good light for dinner pictures?! Yours still looks pretty though!

    1. Thank you! I'm really going to try and work with the lighting available this fall/ winter.

  3. Love celery root. I recently made a slaw out of it...yum! Here's the link... Will definitely be trying this soup.

    Thanks of sharing. Happy WIAW :)

    1. Oooh, I'll definitely have to give that a try! Thank you for the link :)

  4. Want to come to my house for breakfast. That looks amazing!

    1. Hah, thank you! Sunday breakfast tends to be a bit more exciting.

  5. Mr. GreenhorngourmandSeptember 26, 2012 at 8:13 PM

    It's over 9000!!!!!!

  6. Yes! I love celery root soup. Thanks for reminding me about it!

    1. It's my first time, but I know I'll be making this one again soon!

  7. Love love love celery root! I make a puree that's beats mashed potatoes any day. I'm going to try this soup (vegan-style).


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