I had heard of celeriac mash before but never tried it, so this week I gave it a shot. It was really great, as if eating mashed potatoes but with a little hint of celery in them. I had some lemons as well and though I would make some meatballs and pour the sauce over the mashed celeriac. YUM! It was fairly easy to make and a nice weeknight meal. I usually make my meatballs with a pork/beef mixture but could only get beef at my grocery store this week. I think next time a little fennel seeds might be good in the meatballs too!
Celeriac & Potato Mash:
1 medium celeriac (aka celery root) peeled and cut into 1/2 inch chunks
2 medium red potatoes, skin on and cut into 1/2 inch chunks
1/2 small shallot, simply smashed once as you would a garlic clove
1/4 cup milk
2 tablespoons butter
Salt and pepper, to taste
Meatballs: (Adapted from The Kitchn)
1/4 cup Italian breadcrumbs
1 small yellow onion, minced
1 lb ground pork/beef mixture
1 egg, beaten
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon finely chopped thyme
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 small garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 1/2 cups chicken broth
3/4 cup dry white wine
1/4 cup lemon juice
Black pepper, to taste
To make the mash- place the celeriac and shallot in a saucepan with enough water to cover it by an inch or so. Bring to a boil, then add the potatoes. Cook for about 10 minutes or until everything is fork tender. Drain the water and toss the shallot, then add the milk and butter and wash away! Salt and pepper to taste. Set aside until ready to serve. If it dries out, just add a little more milk when warming it back up.
Next make the meatballs. Start by sautéing the onion in a little olive oil. Once it is slightly softened, add the garlic and cook for another minute. Season with a mini pinch of salt and pepper, then set aside to cool. In a large bowl, mix together all of the ingredients with your hands- meat, breadcrumbs, onion, Parmesan cheese, thyme, lemon zest, cayenne, and a little salt and pepper. Form the mixture into golf ball sized balls and place on a plate until ready to cook.
In a large skillet, drizzle some olive oil and place the meatballs in one uncrowded layer. While cooking, constantly turn them so they cook evenly and don’t get stuck to the pan. Cook them most of the way, but not all the way, as they will finish cooking in the pan with the sauce later. Place on a plate and immediately make the sauce.
While the pan is still hot, add the chicken broth and white wine, scraping any bits from the bottom of the pan. Simmer until reduced by at least a third. Add the lemon juice, thyme, and pepper. Toss the meatballs back in and let cook for about 5-10 minutes, or until fully cooked (but not over cooked, as it is easy to do!) Serve over celeriac and potato mash, and pour the remaining lemon sauce over top. Sprinkle with a little extra Parmesan cheese and enjoy!