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Soup's On: Celery Root Soup With Bacon and Apple

Soup's On: Celery Root Soup With Bacon and Apple

Creating a vegetarian Thanksgiving menu got me thinking about celery-root soups. Celery root, also known as celeriac, is a vegetable I hadn't cooked with before. However I'm always adventurous in the kitchen, so I adapted a recipe that highlights the knobby vegetable. The end result was delicious and velvety, with a rich, celery flavor. The bacon permeates the puree with smokiness and the apple adds a necessary crunch. This would be an elegant start to Thanksgiving dinner or any other formal meal. To meet celery root and see how I made it,


Celery Root Soup With Bacon and Apple
Modified from Gourmet magazine

4 medium leeks, white and pale green parts only
4 bacon slices
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 1/2 lb. celery root, peeled with a knife and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1/3 cup vermouth
4 3/4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 Granny Smith apple
3/4 celery rib, very thinly sliced on a long diagonal (1/2 cup)
1/3 cup inner-celery leaves
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/2 cup half-and-half

  1. Halve leeks lengthwise, then coarsely chop. Wash leeks in a bowl of cold water, agitating them, then lift out onto paper towels and pat dry.
  2. Cook bacon in a 4-quart heavy pot over moderate heat, turning occasionally, until crisp, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer to paper towels.
  3. Pour off all but 2 tsp. fat from pot, then add oil and cook leeks over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 6 minutes.
  4. Add celery root and cook, stirring, 2 minutes.
  5. Add vermouth and cook sizzling, for 3 minutes.
  6. Add broth and bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, until celery root is very tender, 35 to 40 minutes.
  7. While soup simmers, thinly slice apple lengthwise into 1/8-inch-thick slices with slicer, working around core, then cut slices into 1/8-inch matchsticks with a knife. Gently toss with celery and celery leaves.
  8. Purée soup in batches in a blender until smooth (use caution when blending hot liquids), transferring to a bowl. Return soup to cleaned pot. If soup is too thick, thin with 1/2 to 3/4 cup water. Stir in salt, pepper, and half-and-half and cook over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, until warm.
  9. Season with salt, then divide among 4 bowls, and top with apple-celery mixture and coarsely crumbled bacon.

Serves 6.

Make ahead: Soup, without half-and-half, can be made 1 day ahead and cooled completely, uncovered, then chilled, covered. Reheat over moderately low heat, then add half-and-half and cook until heated through. Cool bacon completely, then chill, wrapped in paper towels in a sealed plastic bag. Recrisp in a preheated 300°F oven 6 to 8 minutes, or wrap in a paper towel and recrisp in a microwave 30 seconds to 1 minute. Prepare apple-celery mixture while reheating soup and recrisping bacon.


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aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
too pretty to eat...
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
too pretty to eat...
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I'm making my first dish with celery root this weekend :)
mamaseacat mamaseacat 8 years
Oh, yeah... I didn't even notice the bacon for a vegetarian dinner until pixigirl31 pointed it out. I've never tried celery root either.
mamaseacat mamaseacat 8 years
Oh, yeah... I didn't even notice the bacon for a vegetarian dinner until pixigirl31 pointed it out. I've never tried celery root either.
pixigirl31 pixigirl31 8 years
this looks yum but the bacon makes it not veggie friendly, whats a substitute? fake bacon bits?
Jinx Jinx 8 years
Oh geez, no I didn't Yum. :oops: I can't here, I'll have to wait until later. Thanks! :)
partysugar partysugar 8 years
Jinx: did you watch the video? I show what celery root is.
Jinx Jinx 8 years
is* not it
Jinx Jinx 8 years
is* not it
Jinx Jinx 8 years
I think I, and other members of my family would love this. I love cooked celery, and often have it as a vegetable. I prefer celery hearts of course, but what it celery root? I'm not familiar with the term.
Jinx Jinx 8 years
I think I, and other members of my family would love this. I love cooked celery, and often have it as a vegetable.I prefer celery hearts of course, but what it celery root? I'm not familiar with the term.
laurafox laurafox 8 years
This looks so good! And I love your fun green nail polish :-)
michichan michichan 8 years
How about leeks?
michichan michichan 8 years
How about leeks?
nancita nancita 8 years
This looks incredible and now I feel confident in using celery root!
angelina8023 angelina8023 8 years
This looks yummy. I'm def going to try it!
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I think I would like this...
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I think I would like this...
Food Food 8 years
This soup looks delicious, I have never used celery root either, I should really try this out!
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 8 years
I love celery. You make it look so easy I am going to try it tonight!
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