Parsnip and Celery Root Puree; gluten free, optional dairy free, soy free, nut free, egg free, nightshade free side dish recipe

Whenever we go to a nice restaurant around harvest time it seems like every meat is accompanied by a root vegetable puree. I love the apple and celery root puree I modified from Ina Garten’s recipe here, but it’s a bit too sweet to pair with some dishes so I decided to combine my celery root with another underused in my kitchen vegetable – parsnips! I chose the combination simply because I had them left in my refrigerator prior to leaving for vacation (we actually packed them all up and brought them up north with my crock pot and short ribs to make red wine braised short ribs).   Like my other celery root puree, this is a great “mashed potato” substitute that is also gluten free, dairy free, soy free, and nut free. It’s a great base to eat with an acidic main couse or side like my Braised Red Cabbage or alongside some homemade maple cranberry sauce at your allergy friendly Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.


Parsnip and Celery Root Puree

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 55 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Yield: about 8 servings

about 1/3 cup

This dish is a great nightshade free option! If you want a really smooth puree you’ll need a blender, if you’re ok with it being not a smooth you can mash it with potato mashers or a fork



Melt the butter or butter substitute in a medium saucepan, once melted add the cubed celery root and chopped parsnips. Cover and simmer over medium heat for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the cubes are fork tender.

Be careful that your celery root cubes don’t burn but they should carmelize slightly. You’ll probably have to puree in 2 batches. Place cooked celery root in blender with half of the coconut milk, ½ the pepper and puree. Repeat for the second batch. Season with salt if needed

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  1. […] who are nightshade free.  This apple and celery root puree is a bit sweeter than my other post, Parsnip and Celery Root Puree, but both make great substitutes for mashed potatoes (don’t expect a copycat flavor, […]

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