Tangy and aromatic, celeriac (or celery root) has long been a staple in French cooking. Here, it's combined with parsnips and russet potatoes for a side dish worthy of your favorite bistro--or trattoria, because we've relocated the dish south, from Paris to Tuscany, using olive oil and Parmesan cheese. The potato is kept separate from the celeriac and parsnip because it gets gluey when pureed in a food processor.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, Fall 2003


Recipe Summary

1 hr 15 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • Place celeriac and parsnips in a large saucepan; cover with lightly salted water. Place potato in a medium saucepan; cover with lightly salted water. Bring both saucepans to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer gently until the vegetables are very tender when pierced with a fork, about 20 minutes for the potato and 30 to 40 minutes for the celeriac and parsnips.

  • When the potato is tender, drain and transfer to a large bowl. Mash with a potato masher. Cover and keep warm. When the celeriac and parsnips are tender, drain and transfer to a food processor; process until smooth, stopping once or twice to scrape down the sides. Add the puree to the potato.

  • Meanwhile, combine broth and oil in a saucepan (or measuring cup) and heat on the stovetop (or in the microwave) until steaming. Stir into the puree, along with 2 tablespoons chives, yogurt, mustard, salt and pepper. Stir in Parmesan. Garnish with the remaining 1 tablespoon chives. Serve hot.


Make Ahead Tip: Cover the puree with parchment paper or foil and keep warm over a pan of barely simmering water for up to 1 hour. (Alternatively, cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days; reheat in the microwave.)

Look for round celeriac globes with smooth, tight, papery skins. Fewer indentations mean easier peeling. But do clean out whatever indentations there are.

Nutrition Facts

194 calories; protein 5.3g; carbohydrates 28.9g; dietary fiber 5g; sugars 4.8g; fat 7.1g; saturated fat 1.8g; cholesterol 6mg; vitamin a iu 133.5IU; vitamin c 19.8mg; folate 54.5mcg; calcium 128.1mg; iron 1.4mg; magnesium 48.4mg; potassium 704.6mg; sodium 444.7mg; thiamin 0.1mg.

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Especially good with ingredients from the garden! Read More
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Better than normal potato mash That's a quote from my potato-loving husband! Enough said! Pros: Great low-fat low-carb alternative Read More
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Sssshhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaazzzzzzzzzzzzaaaaaammmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!! I just found my holiday dinner mashed potato substitute!! Oh my this is sooo good and the dijon adds a wonderful tangyness though I did make it sans the chives (because I didn't have any). I had a slight issue with puree/blend/liquifying the parsnips and the celery root but that was merely because I had to use a blender since I don't own a food processor but it all worked out in the end and it is super yummy!! Read More