Forkful's speedy suppers: Celeriac rösti
Though last weekend's cold spell seems to have eased off somewhat, we are still most certainly in the midst of winter. That means our root vegetables, such as parsnip, turnip and celeriac, are the current kings of our pantries.
The celeriac is the most unapologetically unattractive of all root vegetables. These heavy, bulky beasts beg to be appreciated but are easily overlooked when sat next to their prettier peers of cauliflower and swedes.
This knobbly root vegetable is proof that you should never judge a book by its cover. Once you peel away its tough exterior and give its flesh a good roasting or frying, it reveals its delicately sweet flavour.
Recently, I've been craving rösti, the traditional Swiss dish that introduces parcels of grated potato to a frying pan full of melted butter. These crispy potato cakes make fantastic comfort food, especially when paired with an egg or some smoked fish. Rösti are usually made with potato, but I've introduced celeriac to this recipe to great effect.
I've paired my small, crispy röstis with hot smoked salmon. Hot smoked salmon is a great way to add substance to a quick supper, especially if you're looking for a change from regular (or "cold") smoked salmon.
This recipe only requires a quarter of a celeriac so use the rest of it for a lovely celeriac soup or remoulade.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes
Quarter of a celeriac
1 small potato
Half a small onion
1 teaspoon of wholegrain mustard
Pinch of salt and pepper
4 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon of plain flour
1 knob of butter
50g of hot smoked salmon
2 tablespoons of crème fraîche
2 Lemon wedges
1. Peel the quarter piece of the celeriac and then roughly grate it into a large mixing bowl. Peel and roughly grate the potato into the bowl. Use your hands to squeeze out any water from the grated celeriac and potatoes. This will help the röstis stick together. Peel the onion and roughly grate it into the mixing bowl.
2. Add the mustard, salt, pepper, olive oil, and flour to the mixing bowl and mix into the celeriac, potato and onion really well.
3. Heat the knob of butter in a large, non-stick frying pan. Get a heaped tablespoon of the celeriac mixture and flatten the tablespoon with your hand to form a rösti. This mixture should give you between 6 to 8 rösti.
4. When the butter is melted (but not burnt), place 3 or 4 rösti in the frying pan. Fry for 5 minutes on each side or until browned and cooked through. Once cooked, remove from the pan and keep warm until ready to serve.
5. Next, fry the remaining rösti for five minutes on each side, adding a little more butter to the pan between frying if needs be. You should get 6 to 8 rostis from this mix.
6. Serve the rösti topped with flaked hot smoked salmon, a dollop of crème fraîche and the lemon wedges for squeezing over the top.
This week's storecupboard essential:
Hot Smoked Salmon: Ok, so you won't exactly be leaving salmon in your cupboard but hot smoked salmon is a brilliant Fridge Essential. Order Irish organic salmon online from The Burren Smokehouse in County Clare. burrensmokehouse.com
Photo: Mark Duggan.