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Wednesday
May052010

Celery Root Fries

Last week I bought another celeriac (also known as celery root). Had I known about this ugly little gem when I was on the anti-candida diet, it would have gotten me through the days I craved French fries!  Unlike other root vegetables, which store a large amount of starch, celery root is only about 5-6% starch by weight. You can visit Wikipedia for more tidbits on this often overlooked veggie. The last time I prepared celeriac was in a stir-fry. This time I gave fries a go. The flavor was lovely and mild. Dipped in a little catsup and I had my taste buds fooled into thinking they were French fried potatoes!

Use a sharp knife to remove the base and top from the celeriac so it sits flat. To peel, cut down the side, close to the skin, being careful not to remove too much flesh. Slice root into 1/4-1/2" fries.

Deep fry in 1-2" of oil (I used Grapeseed) that has been heated to 350˚F. Brown and transfer to plate lined with paper towels. Salt to taste while still warm.

Reader Comments (6)

mmmmm...french fries! These look great! I will look for this next time I hit the grocery store! Thank you! Can't wait to make them!

May 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKaty T

Katy, let me know how you like them!

May 6, 2010 | Registered CommenterLexie

I will definitely be trying this one. I love making baked yam fries, but sometimes I miss the crunchiness of french fries.
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Hi Sara! Just checked out your Poor Man's Pesto recipe. I will try ANY form of pesto :) I'll be posting a Poor Lady's pesto soon (you beat me to a good name, ha!). Just bought a bunch of basil starts at the garden show yesterday. Enjoying your blog (everyone check it out www.messychef.com) so much! Oh and the fries do not come out super crunchy ... don't want to set your hopes too high. The taste is there for sure. Maybe I don't know enough about "fry cooking" to know how to make them super crunchy.

May 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSara

Can I ask you where you buy your Celery root? I went to 3 stores yesterday including whole foods, a middle eastern store and our nice grocery store called HEB we have here and did not find it anywhere.

Will I need to go to someplace special?
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Hi Phebe! Glad for your interest in ugly little celeriac : ) I get at King Sooper (Kroger family of grocers). That is so odd that you couldn't find it! It may be going out of season? I usually find it in baskets at the top level in the refrigerated section among the yucca, turnips, parsnips, etc. Track that produce guy down and demand your celery root! If it is in season Whole Foods should definitely have it. I'd ask.

-Lexie

June 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPhebe

Hi lexie- thanks so much for your blog. I am new to allergy free cooing (actually cooking in general :). My daughter has a seizure disorder and quite a few food sensitivities. Your recipes have been very helpful!

I do have a question, I tried your celery root fries but they did not turn out as nicely as your pic looks. Mine were flat and soggy. Any tips?

Thanks again,
Addie

May 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAddie

Addie, all I can think is the oil wasn't hot enough. These do not come out super crisp to start with ... due to the moisture in the celeriac root. xoLexie

May 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLexie

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