Recipe: Smashed Celeriac

from Jamie Oliver


• 1 celeriac, peeled
• olive oil
• 1 handful of fresh thyme, leaves picked
• 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
• sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
• 3–4 tablespoons water or stock




Slice about 1cm/½ inch off the bottom of your celeriac and roll it on to that flat edge, so it's nice and safe to slice.

Slice and dice it all up into 1cm/½ inch-ish cubes.

Don't get your ruler out – they don't have to be perfect.

Put a casserole-type pot on a high heat, add 3 good lugs of olive oil, then add the celeriac, thyme and garlic, with a little seasoning.

Stir around to coat and fry quite fast, giving a little colour, for 5 minutes.

Turn the heat down to a simmer, add the water or stock, place a lid on top and cook for around 25 minutes, until tender.

Season carefully to taste and stir around with a spoon to smash up the celeriac.

Some people like to keep it in cubes, some like to mash it, but I think it looks and tastes much better if you smash it, which is somewhere in the middle.

You can serve this with just about any meat you can think of.



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