Dandelion and Quince (Roost Books, 2016), by Michelle McKenzie, explores more than thirty-five uncommon vegetable, fruits, and herbs found at local farmers markets across the country. With McKenzie’s superb guidance, you can now add new choices to your pantry and enhance your cooking skills. This excerpt is from the Celeriac section.
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• 1 large celeriac (1 pound)
• 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
• 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
• Fine sea salt
• Freshly ground black pepper
• 3 tablespoons roughly chopped thyme (or oregano), plus more leaves for serving
• 1/2 cup water
• Coarse sea salt
1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
2. Using a mandoline, slice the celeriac crosswise into 1/16 -inch rounds; place in a medium mixing bowl and set aside.
3. Heat a 9-inch ovenproof frying pan (I use cast iron) over moderately high heat; add the olive oil and butter, and swirl both around the bottom and sides of the pan.
4. Pour the warm fat over the sliced celeriac; add a pinch of fine sea salt and a few grinds of black pepper; toss with about 2 tablespoons of the chopped thyme.
5. Place the celeriac in the oiled pan, overlapping the slices to create a tight circular pattern; you will have 2 to 3 layers.
6. Drizzle any remaining fat and herbs on top and add the 1/2 cup water.
7. Bake until the celeriac can be pierced easily with the tip of a knife, about 45 minutes.
8. Remove the pan from the oven and transfer to the stove.
9. Sauté over high heat (leaving the celeriac slices undisturbed) until the bottom and edges are golden and crispy, about 8 minutes. Cool for 15 minutes before unmolding.
10. Use an offset spatula or paring knife to loosen the edges of the galette.
11. Flip the pan onto a serving platter, board, or plate; tap the bottom. Lift the pan; rearrange any celeriac slices that may have fallen out.
12. Sprinkle the galette with coarse sea salt and a bit more black pepper; top with a few leaves of fresh thyme, oregano, or marjoram.
From Dandelion & Quince: Exploring the Wide World of Unusual Vegetables, Fruits, and Herbs by Michelle McKenzie © 2016 by Michelle McKenzie. Photographs © 2016 by Rick Poon. Reprinted by arrangement with Roost Books, an imprint of Shambhala Publications, Inc. Boulder, CO. Buy this book from our store: Dandelion and Quince.