Turkish Style Celeriac (Zeytinyağlı Kereviz) is braised with carrots and quinces, flavored with lemon and orange juice. A wonderful side dish or a vegetarian meal. Perfect combination of sweet, savory, earthy and citrus flavors. This recipe can make you a celeriac fan even if you are eating it for the first time.
Celeriac, which is also known as celery root or kereviz in Turkish, might not be the belle of the ball, but in this easy vegetarian recipe, it is certainly elevated to a new status!
Its appearance often discourages people from using it. But once paired with the correct ingredients and cooked in the correct way, it will convert even the most anti-celeriac person! Also check out our favorite Celery Root Soup With Apples And Beans!
Celeriac with olive oil (zeytinyağlı kereviz) which is one of the tastiest dishes in Turkey, is the perfect example of how an unpopular ingredient can be made rave-worthy. It uses only a few flavorful ingredients that balances out the nutty and spicy flavors of the celeriac.
The overall method is extremely easy, and because it should be served at room temperature or cold, can be made in advance.
Today we will finally be discussing everything celeriac! We will have a look at this marvellous vegetable itself, how to prepare it and how to use it with other vegetables as well. Then we will look at the ingredients used in this mouth-watering recipe and how to make it.
What is Celeriac?
Celeriac is one of the most underrated vegetables we’ve ever come across. It might not be the most beautiful of them all, but it’s certainly one of the most versatile and flavorful ones.
Celeriac is the root part of your everyday celery plant (those long green stems that are often used in salads, soups and stocks). It is a large, spherical, knobby brown root with an extremely thick skin. Once the skin is removed, you get to the flavorful white fleshy part inside that is used in recipes.
Celeriac vegetable is mostly found in winter and extremely popular in the Mediterranean, North American and Northern European cuisines.
What does It Taste Like?
Celeriac has a unique earthy flavor. The celery flavor element also comes through strongly and gives off a slight spicy and peppery taste. Although the texture of cooked celery root closely resembles that of potatoes or turnips, its taste is way more distinctive. So you either love or hate it.
The dish we are making today makes a fantastic accompaniment, but many people enjoy it on its own as well!
Are Celery Root And Celeriac The Same?
Yes, these two terms refer to the same vegetable. The term “celery root” comes from the fact that celeriac is the bottom part of the better-known celery stalks.
Other terms often used to describe celeriac include celeriac root, knob celery and turnip-rooted celery, although celeriac isn’t closely related to turnips at all.
A celeriac vegetable does have some extra steps that other vegetables might not have. It has a very thick skin that has to be removed before cooking the white fleshy part. This skin is not edible!
The first and easiest way to remove this skin is to use a very sharp knife and remove the top and bottom of the vegetable. Then slice off thick skin sections until you reach the white root part.
The second, much more labour-intensive method is to simply use a peeler until you reach the inside, however, because the skin is so thick, this method might take a while.
After peeling that ugly skin, the white part of the celery root loses its color fast and starts to get brownish. To prevent this, immediately chop it into a mixture of lemon juice and water. Keep it there until everything else for the dish is ready. You don’t need to rinse it when you are ready to add it into the pot. Just drain and cook.
Turkish Zeytinyagli Kereviz
This is one of those dishes called ‘olive oil dishes’ in Turkish cuisine. These are the dishes that are vegetarian, cooked with a generous amount of olive oil and served cold or at room temperature as a side dish, mezze or even a meal. If you want more examples of olive oil dishes, go check out our Turkish Green Beans Recipe and Sunchokes Braised In Olive Oil!
This Zeytinyagli Kereviz recipe, as we call in Turkish, doesn’t contain a lot of ingredients, just very flavor-packed ones.
Our hero ingredient, celeriac root, has strong earthy and slightly spicy flavor notes that is well-balanced with the rest of the ingredients. Besides being delicious, celeriac has a ton of health benefits. It contains a ton of antioxidants, strengthens your bones, improves digestion and even general heart health! You can find more on this source.
The next note-worthy ingredient is quince. A quince fruit has slightly sweet and slightly spicy flavor-notes that matches and balances that of celeriac perfectly! It creates a more complex flavor pallet that is simply put, like nothing you’ve tasted before! Go check out our Poached Quinces Recipe too!
The further addition of citrus (orange and lemon juice) adds to the refreshing elements.
Olive oil is a must have ingredient and cannot be substituted with any other type of oil! It is a staple ingredient in Turkish cuisine and very often even more is added before a vegetable dish like this is served.
Finally, fresh dill complements all the earthy, tangy and sweet flavors. If you are not a fan, you can use parsley instead.
How to Cook
This celeriac recipe is incredibly easy to make and absolutely delicious.
First, prepare the vegetables. Chop them almost the same size. Celeriac and quince lose their fresh color very quickly, so put them in a mixture of water and lemon juice until you start cooking.
Second, combine the carrot, celeriac and quince in a pot. And gently pour the orange juice and lemon juice over the vegetables.
Third, add olive oil and season with some salt.
Fourth, cook and add water after 10 minutes. Once all of the ingredients have been added to the pot, cover the pot with a lid and allow it to cook over medium heat for about 10 minutes. Stir the ingredients together, add the hot water to the pot, and continue cooking for about 15-20 minutes. Do not cook the vegetables until they are mushy!
Fifth, add dill and cool before serving. Once the veggies have finished cooking, remove the pot from the heat, stir in the freshly chopped dill and allow the dish to cool completely to room temperature before serving it.
What Vegetables Go with Celeriac?
Celeriac is a surprisingly versatile vegetable. The best flavor pairings are ones that are either very bland (so the flavor of the celeriac vegetable itself can shine), or you can pair it with extremely strong or intense flavors (so it acts as a supporting ingredient to those flavors).
The best vegetables to pair with celeriac root include basic ones like potatoes, onions, and celery of course. The more intricate pairings would include vegetables like rutabagas, beets, turnips, shallots and carrots. We also love to add either diced celery or celeriac in soups. Check out our Vegetarian Carrot Soup With Lentils as an example.
Although this ingredient is mostly paired with other winter-vegetables, you can definitely consider refreshing pairings such as mint, green apples, blueberries, basil, lemons and roasted nuts too.
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Turkish Celeriac Recipe (Zeytinyagli Kereviz)
A lovely combination of quince and celeriac!
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 30 minutes
- Total Time: 40 minutes
- Yield: 4 1x
- Category: Side Dish
- Method: Cooking
- Cuisine: Turkish
- Diet: Vegan
- 2 celeriac, peeled and chopped
- 1 carrot, chopped
- ½ quince, seeds discarded and chopped
- ½ orange, squeezed
- ½ lemon, sequeezed
- half bunch of fresh dill, chopped
- salt to taste
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- ¾ cup hot water
- Put carrot, celeriac, and quince into the pot in this order.
- Pour orange juice and lemon juice onto them.
- Add olive oil and salt. Cover the pot and cook over medium heat for about 10 minutes.
- Then stir it and pour hot water into it.
- Cook for 15-20 minutes until tender. Do not overcook it or the veggies get mushy. Take it from heat, add chopped fresh dill and stir.
- Serve it at room temperature or cold either as a main dish or side dish.
- Serving Size:
- Calories: 154
- Sugar: 5.3 g
- Sodium: 684.3 mg
- Fat: 10.9 g
- Carbohydrates: 15.2 g
- Protein: 1.8 g
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
Keywords: celeriac recipe, celery root
Such a perfect vegan dish with a unique combination of flavors. I chopped some celery sticks in it too. YUM!
Adding celery sticks is brilliant!
E. Ece Yürük Göksu says
What a pity that my mum does not have the habbit of cooking celeriac in my childhood. When I first taste celeriac and quince cooked with orange juice, I have thought that I was in heaven! I really really love it! Next time you cook, give it a try and use only 1 cup of orange juice with half a lemon juice. I do not add water to this dish! It is fantastic!
I admire you and your recipes!
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Thank you so much my lovely friend for your kind words and for your comment! Although some people find the smell of celeriac not very appealing, it's what makes me LOVE celeriac. I'm so lucky that my son feels the same. Will try it your way next time I cook it. Thanks for the tip!
I never would have thought to combine these two together, I always learn something new when I stop here. I am so intrigued as to how this will taste.
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