Celery Root Puree for a Crowd

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SERVES10 to 12

TIME1 hour

Celery Root Puree for a Crowd

WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS

For celery root puree with a clean, pure flavor, we processed chunks of the peeled root, along with russet potato for body, in the food processor to create tiny pieces that would cook quickly in small amounts of water and butter. To help th... Read More

GATHER YOUR INGREDIENTS

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BEFORE YOU BEGIN

When buying celery root, look for those with few roots for easy peeling and minimal waste. Use a chef's knife to peel the celery root: Trim the top and bottom of the root first, and then cut the skin away from the sides. Once it's prepped, you should have between 1¾ and 2 pounds of celery root. While the celery root puree can be made in advance, the herbs should be chopped right before serving.

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INSTRUCTIONS

 Working in 2 batches, pulse celery root in food processor until finely chopped, about 20 pulses per batch; transfer to bowl. Pulse potato in processor until finely chopped, about 10 pulses, and add to bowl with celery root. (You should have about 9 cups chopped vegetables.)

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 Melt butter in large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in celery root–potato mixture, water, salt, and baking soda. Cover and cook, stirring often (mixture will stick but cleans up easily), until vegetables are very soft and translucent and mixture resembles applesauce, about 30 minutes.

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 Uncover and cook, stirring vigorously to further break down vegetables and thicken remaining cooking liquid, about 1 minute. Transfer celery root mixture to clean, dry food processor. Add cream and process until smooth, about 40 seconds. Season with salt to taste. Transfer to bowl, sprinkle with chives, and serve. (Ungarnished puree can be cooled and refrigerated for up to 2 days. Before serving, microwave puree on medium-high power in covered bowl, stirring often, until hot throughout, 7 to 10 minutes.)

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JOHN C.
16 days

Absolutely the best chicken ever, even the breast meat was moist! It's the only way I'll cook a whole chicken again. Simple, easy, quick, no mess - perfect every time. I've used both stainless steel and cast iron pans. great and easy technique for “roasted” chicken. I will say there were no pan juices, just fat in the skillet. Will add to the recipe rotation. Good for family and company dinners too. I've done this using a rimmed sheet pan instead of a skillet and put veggies and potatoes around the chicken for a one-pan meal. Broccoli gets nicely browned and yummy!

Absolutely the best chicken ever, even the breast meat was moist! It's the only way I'll cook a whole chicken again. Simple, easy, quick, no mess - perfect every time. I've used both stainless steel and cast iron pans. great and easy technique for “roasted” chicken. I will say there were no pan juices, just fat in the skillet. Will add to the recipe rotation. Good for family and company dinners too.

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MILES D.
JOHN C.
9 days

Amazed this recipe works out as well as it does. Would not have thought that the amount of time under the broiler would have produced a very juicy and favorable chicken with a very crispy crust. Used my 12" Lodge Cast Iron skillet (which can withstand 1000 degree temps to respond to those who wondered if it would work) and it turned out great. A "make again" as my family rates things. This is a great recipe, and I will definitely make it again. My butcher gladly butterflied the chicken for me, therefore I found it to be a fast and easy prep. I used my cast iron skillet- marvellous!

CM
CHARLES M.
11 days

John, wasn't it just amazing chicken? So much better than your typical oven baked chicken and on par if not better than gas or even charcoal grilled. It gets that smokey charcoal tasted and overnight koshering definitely helps, something I do when time permits. First-time I've pierced a whole chicken minus the times I make jerk chicken on the grill. Yup, the cast iron was not an issue.