Late November’s chill brings the need to provide warmth at our tables! It also brings root vegetables and fresh apples into our pantries! This celery root soup uses both.
I have always loved cooking with celery root. Like a lot of root vegetables, they are very versatile. They can be diced and roasted, simmered and mashed or made into soup, or sliced thin and eaten raw in a salad. The depth of flavor can stand up to almost any spice or herb.
When you talk about celery root, I can’t help but bring the funky outcast of our modern flavor chart, Umami into our story. Everyone knows about Sweet, Sour, Salty, and Bitter, but Umami may be a mystery to some. Umami derives from the Japanese word for delicious, umai; Umami roughly translates into the cute term, “deliciousness.” Essentially the flavor profile is savory and “meaty .”
Cooked Celery Root has this creamy, savory deliciousness, making it a great base ingredient for a warm-you-up satisfying soup. When you add the Granny Smith Apples and cider vinegar to the mix, the sweet-tart acidity makes this soup’s flavor explode.
The crown on this soup is the simple Apple Slaw with Bacon and Pomegranate Seeds. The slaw is bound with a little Pommery Mustard and sour cream.
celery root soup with green apple bacon slaw – A simple slow cooker fall soup with bacon!
for the soup
2 pounds of celery root, peeled and cut into eights.
4celery stalks, rough chopped.
1 medium onion, peeled and chopped.
2 cloves of garlic, peeled and smashed.
1 teaspooncaraway seeds, toasted and ground with a mortar and pestle.
1 tablespooncider vinegar.
2 tablespoonkosher salt.
for the slaw:
4 Strips of bacon
1 tablespoonolive oil
1granny smith apple, cored and halved
2 tablespoonsour cream
2 tablespoon wholegrain mustard
half teaspoon apple cider vinegar
to taste kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper
For the soup:
In a small saucepot or saute pan, toast the caraway seed until fragrant. Pour into the mortar and pestle, and grind it into powder. Reserve.
Put celery root, celery, onions, garlic, caraway seeds, and stock into the slow cooker. Set to low heat/4 hours. Cover.
Check the celery root to be fork tender. If tender, puree the soup in a blender until smooth and velvety. If it seems too thick, use warm water to reach the desired consistency. (Please be very careful when blending hot liquid. Only fill blender 3/4 way, and hold down the lid with a kitchen towel while blending.)
Put the blended soup back into the slow cooker. Add the cider vinegar and check seasoning. The flavor should be savory with a faint acidic finish.
For the slaw:
Stack the bacon and slice into equal thin strips (much easier to do when bacon is cold).
In a small saucepot, add the olive oil and heat until it shimmers. Separate the bacon and add to the pot. Lower to medium heat. Stirring constantly cook until the bacon is evenly cooked to a crispy golden brown. Remove from the pot to a paper towel.
In a small mixing bowl, combine the sour cream, mustard, vinegar, and whisk until blended. It should be thick enough just to coat a spoon. If it’s too thick, add a touch of water.
Cut the apple halves into thin slices, stack them and slice thin, and event. (a Japanese mandoline will work great here.)
Add the apples, chives, and pomegranate to the bowl and mix well.
Ladle warm soup into bowls.
Mix the bacon in with the slaw and place it in the middle of the soup.
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