I discovered this recipe a few years ago when I was part of a CSA that delivered whatever fresh vegetables were in season. I didn't have an option to choose what I wanted so it was a great way to discover new vegetables and how to prepare them. One week I got this really ugly looking vegetable that I discovered was a celery root. I had no idea what it was or how to eat it so I looked it up and found some recipes. After playing around and trying out a few different ways to prepare it, I came up with the most delicious recipe for a celery root and cauliflower puree topped with garlicky greens. I love to make this in the spring because its a nice balance between feeling hearty and yet it is refreshing at the same time. I also usually make it for holiday dinners and its always a big hit with even the pickiest of eaters.
1 large head of cauliflower, lightly chopped (I used romanesco cauliflower here but regular cauliflower is fine too)
1 large celery root, peeled and lightly chopped
1 leek, lightly chopped
1 bunch of red swiss chard lightly chopped
4 Tbsp vegan butter
3 cloves garlic thinly sliced
1 Tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
Bring a small amount of water to a boil
Place cauliflower and celery root in a steamer basket over the boiling water and steam covered until fork tender. If you dont have a steamer you can place veggies in boiling water until fork tender.
Leave the water boiling and empty the contents of the steamer basket into a blender
Put leeks in the steamer basket and place over boiling water covered until soft (about 5 minutes)
Add cooked leeks to the blender with butter, salt and pepper and blend on high until smooth
Add olive oil to a sauté pan with garlic and heat on medium heat
Add swiss chard to pan, season with salt and sauté about five minutes until slightly wilted
To serve place a big scoop of cauliflower and celery root mash on a plate and top with the garlic greens.
I hope you enjoy this as much as I do! Let me know what you think in the comments or take a picture and tag us on instagram. Bon Appetit!