Celeriac and Spicy Tomato Bake

Sep 04, 2007 by CMB | 0 Comments| Share it:   

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The celeriac isn’t the most well known vegetable in the world. Celeriac, also called turnip rooted celery or knob celery, is grown for its globular root which has a celery-like flavor. It is usually about 4 inches in diameter at maturity. Meet the celeriac:

It looks incredibly ugly, has the consistency of potato and tastes a bit like celery. I really like it!


  • Prep: ~30 mins.
  • Cook: 30 mins. - 1 hr.
  • Serves: 3

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  • Tomato Puree
  • 400g (14.1 ounces) tomatoes
  • 1 tsp Ground cinnamon
  • 4 tsp Parsley
  • 1 celeriac
  • one spash of red wine (or red wine vinegar)
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • a couple of chilis
  • one large onion
  • 50g (1.76 ounces) breadcrumbs
  • 50g (1.76 ounces) grated cheese
  • White rice - to use as a side dish. Put whatever you want with the bake.

Step 1

Image of all ingredients:


Step 2

This dish is very quick to prepare, but takes upwards of an hour to cook. Begin by finely slicing the garlic, chili and onion.


Step 3

Add to a large frying pan and fry gently for ten minutes.


Step 4

After the ten minutes is up, add 150ml (5 ounces) water, your tomatoes (roughly chopped), 1tsp cinnamon, 4tsp parsley, the bay leaf, a bit of tomato puree and a generous dash of red wine (or red wine vinegar).


Step 5

Turn down the heat and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, using a wooden spoon to help break down the tomatoes:


Step 6

Whilst waiting for the spicy tomato sauce to finish cooking, peel the celeriac (make sure that none of the skin remains, it tastes pretty unpleasant) and dice it. Boil up some water.


Step 7

Don’t forget to give the sauce an occasional stir, the tomatoes should break down almost completely in the sauce.


Step 8

When ten minutes remains on the sauce timer, plunge your celeriac cubes into the boiling water and sit back for ten minutes.


Step 9

Drain the celeriac well and cover the bottom of an oven proof dish with the celeriac cubes.


Step 10

After discarding the bay leaf pour the spicy tomato sauce over the celeraiac, then on top of that, your grated cheese and breadcrumbs.


Step 11

Bake in the oven 190 degrees Celsius ( 374 Fahrenheit) for a further 30 minutes. Serve immediately. A very hearty and filling vegetable bake.


Step 12


Now that you have learned how to make celeriac and spicy tomato bake, please be sure to view these other vegetable dish recipes. Also, you will love these Eastern European recipes.


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