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Saturday, January 15, 2011

Celeriac and Potato Mash with Kale

This post will have a little bit of mixed info. First, I joined a buying club for organic fruits and vegetables. The first of the year is a good time to eat healthier, and I happened upon this when I was dog sitting for some friends. I always try to buy my veggies organic when possible. What is nice about this is she find different veggies, like purple carrots (which is perfect for bento boxes), heirloom variety when possible, in this basket I got kohlrabi, wheat grass and a different variety of Chinese cabbage which you don't find in stores.

I got a large amount of wheat grass, some greens, bananas, mushrooms, peppers, apples, tangerines, a large tomato, huge grapefruit , lemon, red leaf lettuce, large head of Chinese cabbage (not shown she forgot to put it with this basket) and purple kohlrabi.

I used the kohlrabi and mushrooms the first night I got it. I just oven roasted them with some onions, garlic and olive oil and served it with dinner. I didn't get a photo of it all cooked up and ready to eat. I guess we were hungry.

It was so much fun to dug in and see what I got...almost like opening a Christmas gift!

The grapefruit was so large...Maranda and I spilt it for breakfast the next morning.

Three different color peppers...she says they're called yummy peppers.

I am buying heirloom tomatoes from now on...just look at how meaty it is!
Now the the second part of my post...the recipe: Celeriac and Potato Mash with Kale(or greens)
I didn't get the celeriac in the basket but I did find some at the health food store just around the corner, so it's organic too. I used the greens from the basket though.

Celeriac or celery root is such a strange looking thing. I wanted it to be more of the star of the dish, but I only had one and so it's just a partner. I did want to try it though and this was a good way to ease it into our meal.

I was trying to research some Dutch recipes because I do so many from other regions I though I should look into some from my own heritage. Now I know why I don't make a lot of Dutch food, not really my favorite, but you sure can't beat their sweets, pastries and desserts!
In my research this is what said about it:

Ask anyone from the Netherlands what they would consider the Dutchest dish of all Dutch dishes and they will probably say stamppot. This hearty vegetable mash is usually made of potatoes and/or other vegetables. It is traditionally served with a smoked pork sausage, known as rookworst, and gravy. The ultimate in comfort food!

Knolselderijstamppot (Celeriac Mash) the original recipe

My adaptation
•4 potatoes, like Idaho or russet potatoes
•1 large celeriac
•3 cloves garlic
•1 cup chopped kale (or any greens)
•3 tbsp butter
•4 oz cream cheese
•1/2 tsp celery seed
•1 tsp coriander
•1 tbsp dijon mustard
•1/4 cup milk
•sea salt and white pepper
Peel the potatoes. Peel the celeriac, using a knife to cut the thick skin away until you are left with only creamy white flesh. Cut the potatoes and celeriac into similarly sized pieces for even cooking. In a large soup pot, boil the potatoes, garlic and celeriac for 20 minutes until tender in salted water, add the greens halfway through the cooking time, or at the beginning if you like the greens softer. Drain, shake and dry with kitchen towels before mashing. Add the butter, milk, cream cheese, and mustard. Season to taste with seasoning and salt and pepper. Sir through before serving.

It was one way of getting my daughter to eat greens...just add potatoes and cheese!
Lastly...this was my week for Cultural Connections on Our Krazy Kitchen where I posted my recipe for Indian Masoor Dal. This is a day for comfort food!


  1. I love Celeriac so this has to be good. I used to get a basket of organic veg when we were in S.Africa but I found we actually got too much for the two of us each week so I cancelled it. It was very good though. Diane

  2. Diane, I saw right away that it was going to be too much food for us too, but she was nice enough to let me do it every other week. I want to try other ways to have celeriac now. What is your favorite way to prepare it?

  3. Those vegetables look colorful and delicious!

    If you were interesting in creating an Amish Friendship starter, here is a link for how to do it. It's fun to be able to create new breads! I just made zucchini chocolate cupcakes yesterday with it and the kids loved them!

  4. I have seen this celeriac...the ugly vegetable. I would love to try it as a mash one day. I hope my family likes it. maybe I should do like it....mix with potatoes to make mash just in case :D

  5. So interesting! One of my best friends is Dutch and she got me into mashed potatoes with kale and sausage. Your recipe greatly intrigues me as I love the flavour combinations you chose.

    I think we have a similar organic basket program here. Inspiring me to think about it...

  6. This all looks so colorful and healthy. We are finally able to buy organic vegetables at a local market that just started up in our little town. Yay! Organics are here to stay!


  7. looks great and wow what a cool box of goodies has your name written all over it lol

  8. What a great CSA find!! So colorful and organic!! Terrific meals from this.

  9. Lovely veg basket you've got there, and that mash potatoes looks delicious, my son is cooking mash potatoes for lunch right now:)

  10. Wow! I wish there was something like that around here. What a fantastic looking colorful basket! The recipe looks great, too. I often mash cauliflower in with my potatoes, I'll have to try the celeriac.

  11. This sounds awesome! Definitely a great way to cook with veggies taht you'd otherwise never buy. And to feel good about doing it!

    I actually have celeriac sitting in my fridge right now and I'm gonna be doing something similar with it. This sounds delicious!

  12. I would let a celeriac sit around so long it would go bad, LOL - it's such an unattractive veggie! You are very creative Lyndsey. I'd love to know more about the organic fruit and veggie group!

  13. i did try celeriac soup and a similar mash a few days back, it was so tasty. I added a couple of granny smith apples and some chopped up celery pieces for crunch.. this mash looks yummy with all the goodness of kale!

  14. Thanks for stopping by ladies.

    Martha I almost did the same thing with this one, but the blog sorta nudges you to use it. You can check out the website I will email you more info.

    PJ, I think I remember your soup, I want to look at it again. Thanks!


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