A creamy purée of celery root and cauliflower topped with garlicky sautéed chard makes a simple, rustic side dish.
Meet my new favorite purée, a creamy combination of silky soft cauliflower and celery root.
It’s a quiet and perhaps unfamiliar combination as far as sides go but it’s supremely comforting and rather elegant when dressed up nicely with a pile of garlicky greens. It’s just the type of dish I get excited about and want to eat for days on end.
Celery root and cauliflower are my white vegetables of choice here because of their creamy texture and mild, almost nutty (verging on grassy) flavor that makes them a nice change of pace from the mashed spuds we all grew up on. Not to mention that they make a lovely low-carb stand-in for the traditional side, although I’d argue that they taste so good together they shouldn’t really be considered a stand-in for anything at all.
Once steamed and whizzed up vigorously in the food processor with a few pats of butter (or olive oil for a vegan version), the creamy mash is ready to be served with no further action on your part but I do think it really shines buried under a mound of crumpled green chard.
The splendidly silky garlic infused greens add an extra layer of flavor and dimension to the dish while a pinch of red pepper adds a welcome hint of heat.
This is the kind of side that fits right into a busy weeknight dinner as well as a fancier affair and I suspect it will be making a repeat appearance at my dinner table this holiday season.
What’s your go-to side dish for the holidays?
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