This simple method from Jamie Oliver allows celeriac to shine; this hearty winter vegetable is a wonderful substitute for potatoes in recipes.
1 celeriac, peeled
¼ cup olive oil
¼ cup fresh thyme, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
3-4 tablespoons water or chicken stock
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper
1. Trim celeriac by slicing about ½-inch off bottom end. Slice remaining root into ½-inch pieces.
2. Place medium-sized sauce pan over medium-high heat, then add olive oil to heat. Add celeriac, garlic, thyme and salt and pepper, stirring to coat in oil. Pan fry for about 5 minutes to give celeriac a little color.
3. Turn heat down to low, then add water or chicken stock, place lid on top and cook for about 25 minutes, until celeriac is tender and liquid is absorbed. Season to taste, then stir roughly with wooden spoon to slightly smash the celeriac into rustic chunks. Serve warm.