Celery Root and Turnip Puree
- ACTIVE: 25 MIN
- TOTAL TIME: 1 HR 10 MIN
- SERVINGS: 8
As an homage to her French roots, Countess Florence Daniel Marzotto serves a trio of vegetable purees alongside roast squab: a creamy mash of fall chestnuts, a nutty combination of celery root and turnips, and a smooth blend of carrots cooked in the Vichy style (with minerally sparkling water to brighten their flavor).
- One 1-pound celery root, peeled and coarsely chopped (about 2 cups)
- 1 pound medium turnips, peeled and coarsely chopped (about 3 cups)
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- Kosher salt
- 1/4 cup whole milk, warmed
- Freshly ground pepper
- In a large saucepan, add the celery root and turnips and just enough cold water to cover; bring to a boil. Stir in 3 tablespoons of the unsalted butter and 2 teaspoons of salt. Reduce the heat to moderate and simmer until the celery root and turnips are tender and the cooking liquid is reduced to 1/4 cup, about 35 minutes.
- Transfer the vegetables and their cooking liquid to a food processor and let cool for 10 minutes. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter and the milk and process until smooth. Season the celery rootturnip puree with salt and pepper, transfer to a bowl and serve.
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