Chicken Fricassee with Parsley Roots and Chanterelle Mushrooms
This one-pan dinner uses tasty French techniques: Braise the chicken in white wine, then create a sauce by reducing juices and thickening them with egg yolks and crème fraîche. Once it’s cooked, the parsley root is tender yet firm.
We love the play between the delicate, slightly sweet purée of turnips and parsnips and the savory cheese- and herb-enhanced meatballs. Serve this soup as the first course for a cool-season dinner party.
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Photo by Annabelle Breakey; written by Margo True
Miso-Glazed Tofu with Parsnips Two Ways
Chef Douglas Keane regularly serves housemade tofu on his tasting menu at Cyrus, a Michelin two-star restaurant in Healdsburg, CA, and uses it in this uncommonly good creation. For her home rendition, cookbook author and teacher Andrea Nguyen likes to roast the parsnips with sesame oil to amplify their sweet earthiness.
The clean, bracing flavor comes from celery root―the weird, hairy vegetable that baffles many a cook. Here, we just slice off the hairier end, peel and chop the rest of the root, and boil it with the potatoes.
These electric magenta cupcakes get their color not from the usual food coloring but from puréed roasted beets, which also add a subtle flavor. Don’t use canned or packaged steamed beets—the cupcakes’ color will be drab.
Mashed potatoes are even better blended with celery root, which has a gentle but penetrating flavor. Don’t be deterred by the root’s hairy exterior; just trim it off with a knife. This recipe is adapted from one in Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone (1997), by Deborah Madison.
Whether you use peppery purple-top turnips or the sweeter Tokyo variety, this salad is excellent with a bowl of rice, braised short ribs, or even a burger. A handheld slicer makes quick work of the prep.
Pommes Anna, a classic French dish of thinly sliced potatoes, takes on an appealing sharpness in this turnip version. Although you can use any pie pans, metal ones brown the turnips most evenly; you’ll also need a handheld slicer.
Celery Root and Arugula Salad with Horseradish Dressing
If you've ever thought humble celery root seemed dull, try its crunchy texture and mellow flavor with the tang of crème fraîche and the zip of horseradish. It's one of the inventive ideas from Malibu Farm Cookbook by Helene Henderson, with recipes from her family farm and restaurant in Malibu, California. Be sure to give the celery root a thorough trim to remove all the fibrous bits.
Mild white Japanese turnips are cooked with their greens along with white miso and butter for savory richness; maple syrup adds a touch of sweetness. If you can’t find Japanese turnips, use a mix of small radishes and mustard greens—regular turnips are too strong for this dish.