We've left the skin on these potatoes for a rustic look and texture, but feel free to peel them if you prefer. The clean, bracing flavor comes from celery root—the weird, hairy vegetable that baffles many a cook. Here, we just slice off the hairier end, peel and chop the rest of the root, and boil it with the potatoes. Prep and Cook Time: 1 1/4 hours. Notes: Celery root (celeriac) requires vigorous peeling—leave no fibrous bits behind! We find a small, sharp paring knife useful for cutting deep grooves into the root to remove embedded peel. The subtle celery flavor and smooth texture are worth the work.
Sunset NOVEMBER 2007
1. Peel celery roots and cut into 1-in. pieces. Put in a large pot. Scrub potatoes and cut into 2-in. pieces; add them to pot with celery roots. Cover vegetables with cold water and bring to a boil. Add 1 tbsp. salt and cook until vegetables are tender when pierced with a fork, about 10 minutes. Drain well.
2. Transfer hot vegetables to a large bowl and mash with a potato masher or a large fork. Add butter and cream and stir to combine well. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve warm.
Note: Nutritional analysis is per 1-cup serving.
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