Celery root and quince combine in this creamy vegetable side dish. Mashing the two together creates an incredibly smooth texture that rivals the richness of mashed potatoes! The flavor is subtly sweet and lends itself to complimenting any of your favorite seasonal meals. Gluten-free, vegan deliciousness!
Tis the season for fall produce and hearty comfort dishes! People are pulling out all their favorite fall fruits and veggies lately and creating some pretty awesome stuff. The farmer’s markets are PACKED with amazing food and I have to admit that this time of year is one of my favorite in regards to food availability. I am all about the squashes, starchy veggies, cruciferous veggies, and dark leafy greens. Not to mention APPLES. I live in NY state after all so I’ve grown up with prime access to fresh apples.
Even with the bounty that’s available locally, there are still some fall foods that I have yet to try if you can believe it! Thankfully my friends at Frieda’s always have me covered when it comes to trying new-to-me fruits and veggies. They’re always surprising me with the most unusual ingredients!
In my latest shipment I received: quince, celery root (or celeriac), ribston pippin apples, and pomegranates! The quince and celery root were totally new foods for me and I actually had to do a bit of research to see what the best way to prepare them is.
Turns out both have to be cooked in order to really be edible. The quince especially! It looks like an apple/pear (and is actually in that family), but when it’s raw it tastes sour and bitter. I am glad I looked into that before taking a huge bite! 🙂
The celery root is a root veggie obviously and has a mild celery-like flavor with starchy, potato-like texture. Once I realized both of these items lend themselves very well to being boiled, I knew I was going to make some sort of mash with them! Thanksgiving is coming soon enough after all and I am sure a lot of people are looking for creative sides to serve alongside the traditional staples.
After cooking them both to soft perfection and blending them with my favorite fall spices, I was left with a creamy, delicious mixture that rivals any mashed potatoes I’ve ever had! Slightly sweet, slightly savory and the perfect alternative if you’re looking to jazz up your classic ‘meat and potatoes’ meal.
- 1 celery root, skin removed and cut into chunks
- 3 small quince, cored and cut into chunks
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- ⅛ tsp nutmeg
- ¼ tsp ginger
- ½ tsp dried thyme
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- salt and pepper, to taste
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add celery root and quince. Boil for 30 minutes or until both are tender and can easily be pierced with a fork.
- Strain the celery root and quince and place in a food processor. Add remaining ingredients and blend on high until completely smooth. Serve hot or cold.
Vegan, gluten-free, low in carbs, paleo friendly, and free of major allergens…this mash makes an ideal dish to bring to a family holiday meal because EVERY ONE can enjoy it. Also, it’s a lighter option in comparison with rich mashed potatoes.(Not that there is anything wrong with potatoes of course! 🙂 )
I’ll let you in on a little secret…the longer this dish sits in the fridge, the more flavorful it gets! So if you’re making it for a family get together or special dinner, I suggest making it the day before and storing it in the fridge before serving. It’s also pretty cool that it can be served hot or cold! Sort of like my Smoky White Bean Puree.
Gotta love a recipe that highlights the flavors AND fresh produce of the season! I am excited to serve this to my family at all our upcoming holiday meals. 🙂
Looking for more healthy dishes to serve up for the holidays? Check out this awesome round-up!
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