Celeriac Veloute with truffle foam
8th July 2011

Celeriac Veloute with truffle foam

By Jess Photography by Adam
 

I have spoken before about my love of celeriac, but alas, it is a long distance love, due to the expense. Luckily, this little recipe only requires a small amount of this delicious vegetable.

A veloute is traditionally a stock dish, but I have added the celeriac to very gently enhance the flavour. The idea of this small course was to cleanse our guests’ palates, ready for the main course. You can make it in advance (up to one day before as long as you store it in the fridge), and warm through prior to serving. The truffle foam is also easy to make; it can also be made in advance (up to 2 hours before) and stored in the fridge. Because you only place a small amount on the top of the veloute immediately before serving, it gets warmed up vicariously.

Ingredients

12-15 small servings
  • Celeriac veloute
  • Truffle oil (for frying)
  • 50g shallots – finely sliced
  • 450g celeriac, peeled and finely chopped
  • 250ml stock (chicken)
  • 250 ml water
  • 100 ml thick cream
  • Truffle foam
  • 250 ml cream
  • 3 full Agar agar strands broken into quarters
  • 3tbsp best quality truffle oil

          Method

          • Celeriac veloute
          • 1. Heat a little truffle oil in a frying pan over a medium heat and add shallots. Cook until slightly translucent before adding the chopped celeriac. Turn to low heat.
          • 2. Add stock and water to a separate pan and bring to the oil. Once boiling, add celeriac/shallots to the pan and continue to boil slowly for 3-4 minutes until tender.
          • 3. Blitz with a hand blender, until smooth then add the cream. Leave to cool and keep stored in refrigerator until required.
          • 4. Reheat for 10 minutes prior to serving.
          • Truffle foam
          • 1. Place cream and agar agar strands in a small saucepan and warm over a gentle heat until agar agar has softened (approximately 5-8 minutes).
          • 2. Discard agar agar strands and add truffle oil to the warm cream. Remove from heat.
          • 3. Use a hand blender to blitz the cream and truffle oil mixture.
          • Use a slow speed and cover both blender and saucepan with a tea towel to prevent splashing.
          • 4. After 60 seconds there should be a nice foam on the top of the cream. Skim this off and place into a bowl. Repeat this process until the cream mixture isn’t deep enough to be blended/blitzed anymore. Store bowl of foam in the fridge until it is needed.
                 

                COMMENTS

                1. Svet

                  I love the idea to serve soup in glasses like small shots.

                2. Jess

                  Thanks for taking the time to leave us a comment. I’m really pleased you like the serving suggestion; the idea is just to have a small amount of soup to cleanse your palate.

                3. Machiko

                  This is delicious! Now that you’ve introduced me to celeriac, it might have to be my next vege to try growing…

                4. Jess

                  Machiko, PLEASE try growing celeriac! We planted some but, alas, i don’t think we have been successful.

                5. PAD

                  congratulations for your website!!! wonderful recipe will give it a shot this coming Thursday. Could agar agar be replaced with some other type of gelatine and if so at what dosage? Once again congrats for the presentation and content of your site.

                6. Jess

                  Hello,

                  Thanks so much for your comment – we’re really pleased you like the website.
                  I beleive you could reaplce agar agar with another type of thickening agent; i will do some research and get back to you if that’s ok? Please feedback how the recipe went, i really hope you enjoy it – it is one of my favourites :)
                  Jess

                7. Alice Cumisky

                  Absolutely loved this! Can’t believe I ignored this sublime vegetable for
                  Such a long time! Delicious!

                8. Kate

                  Thanks Alice! Yes Celeraic is a stunner isn’t it? Thanks for reading our blog.

                 

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